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Governor:Matt Bevin
Commissioner of Education:Stephen L. Pruitt
Quality Counts state grade:C
Pre-K-12 enrollment:688,640
Number of school districts:188
Number of public schools:1,579
Number of public school teachers:41,586
Unadjusted education spending per student:$9,312
Percent minority students:21.1%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:56.9%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.2%
Percent of English-language learners:3.0%
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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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 23, 2013 – Education Week
Participating districts would gain more flexibility on such core issues as curriculum, instruction, funding, and school scheduling.
November 7, 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 7, 2012 | Updated: May 1, 2016 – Education Week
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

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