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Governor:Matt Bevin
Commissioner of Education:Stephen L. Pruitt
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:674,879
Number of school districts:172
Number of public schools:1,565
Number of public school teachers:41,820
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,316
Percent minority students:19.7%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:54.5%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.2%
Percent of English-language learners:2.9%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:40.5%
8th grade math:27.7%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:40.4%
8th grade reading:36.1%

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Added rigor is welcomed, but lower scores sting as states roll out new tests—and brace for the common core.
June 6, 2012 – Education Week
To meet expectations of the common standards, Kentucky’s social studies and science teachers are teaching reading strategies.
April 25, 2012 – Education Week
It would be created to specifically fund innovative public school projects designed to help students achieve.
February 8, 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 25, 2012 – Education Week
December 14, 2011 – Education Week
At the forefront of collecting and sharing student data, Kentucky has seen big improvements in college-going and remediation rates.
November 16, 2011 – Education Week
A Louisville, Ky., high school boasts big gains in reading and math a year into the federal School Improvement Grant program.
October 5, 2011 – Education Week
A Kentucky high school takes stock after the first phase of its efforts under a federal School Improvement Grant.
June 6, 2011 – Education Week
Seniors at a Kentucky high school that received a federal School Improvement Grant say they’ve sensed greater energy and teacher involvement.
June 8, 2011 – Education Week
The challenge for a Louisville, Ky., school is to sustain momentum gained through a federally funded school improvement program.
February 23, 2011 – Education Week

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