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Governor:Steve Beshear
Commissioner of Education:Terry Holliday
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:673,128
Number of school districts:176
Number of public schools:1,554
Number of public school teachers:42,042
Unadjusted education spending per student:$8,957
Percent minority students:18.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:56.6%
Percent of students with disabilities:15.2%
Percent of English-language learners:2.4%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:41.5%
8th grade math:30.0%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:36.4%
8th grade reading:37.8%

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Technical glitches during recent online assessments in a number of states are prompting worries about schools' ability to administer common-core testing in 2014-15.
May 3, 2013 | Updated: May 7, 2013 - Education Week
As dwindling state funding for new textbook purchases drives the search for alternative sources of information, schools in Kentucky are making do with the books they have.
January 22, 2013 - Education Week
Participating districts would gain more flexibility on such core issues as curriculum, instruction, funding, and school scheduling.
November 6, 2012 - Education Week
On the new tests, the first in the nation to be explicitly aligned to the common core, students scoring "proficient" or better fell by a third or more.
November 2, 2012 | Updated: November 19, 2012 - Education Week
Added rigor is welcomed, but lower scores sting as states roll out new tests—and brace for the common core.
June 5, 2012 - Education Week
To meet expectations of the common standards, Kentucky’s social studies and science teachers are teaching reading strategies.
April 23, 2012 - Education Week
It would be created to specifically fund innovative public school projects designed to help students achieve.
February 7, 2012 - Education Week
Now that all states can collect data on students' progress, it's time to make it useful, says the Data Quality Campaign.
January 24, 2012 - Education Week
December 13, 2011 - Education Week
At the forefront of collecting and sharing student data, Kentucky has seen big improvements in college-going and remediation rates.
November 15, 2011 - Education Week

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