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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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Seniors at a Kentucky high school that received a federal School Improvement Grant say they’ve sensed greater energy and teacher involvement.
June 3, 2011 - Education Week
The challenge for a Louisville, Ky., school is to sustain momentum gained through a federally funded school improvement program.
February 22, 2011 - Education Week
A Kentucky school undergoing turnaround efforts is getting used to the idea of having three officials from the state education department stationed right in their school.
February 22, 2011 - Education Week
Students are adjusting to higher expectations this year as a struggling West Louisville high school works to change course.
October 25, 2010 - Education Week
Head of Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, he was long a force in national education policy.
September 13, 2010 - Education Week
Shawnee High's revamped staff must make high-stakes improvements this fall or face the consequences.
August 4, 2010 | Updated: March 23, 2012 - Education Week
July 12, 2010 - Education Week
Principal Keith Look's job is on the line as he steers Louisville's Shawnee High School through an aggressive, federally-mandated effort to reverse years of academic decline.
June 15, 2010 - Education Week
Justices refuse to hear a challenge to a Texas school district's dress code, a Kentucky tax case, and a teacher-testing case.
January 19, 2010 - Education Week
At the cutting edge of the 1990s’ push for test-based accountability, Kentucky is revamping its standards and assessments.
March 23, 2009 | Updated: April 4, 2012 - Education Week

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