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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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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
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 23, 2011 – Education Week
Students are adjusting to higher expectations this year as a struggling West Louisville high school works to change course.
October 27, 2010 – Education Week
Head of Kentucky’s Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, he was long a force in national education policy.
September 15, 2010 – Education Week
Shawnee High's revamped staff must make high-stakes improvements this fall or face the consequences.
August 11, 2010 | Updated: May 6, 2016 – Education Week
July 14, 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 16, 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 20, 2010 – Education Week

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