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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 district's objection to new statewide accountability policies now being drafted has highlighted the difficult balance states must strike in efforts to make schools responsible for performance.
February 17, 1999 – Education Week
Officials have not decided how much weight to give the exams. In Kentucky, standardized-test scores will soon matter, at least a little.
October 21, 1998 – Education Week
April 22, 1998 – Education Week
After months of political wrangling, lawmakers in Kentucky have agreed essentially to replace KIRIS, the state's embattled K-12 testing program.
April 1, 1998 – Education Week
After months of studied and sometimes passionate debate, the fate of Kentucky's school testing program has boiled down to two starkly different bills moving through the Statehouse: One calls for a few small repairs, and the other for a total overhaul.
March 11, 1998 – Education Week

The engine driving Kentucky's landmark school reforms should not be scrapped but needs a major overhaul, a state legislative committee has decided.

February 18, 1998 – Education Week

Kentucky should postpone rewarding or penalizing schools next fall based on recent state test scores, a new study concludes, because changes to last year's assessment make conclusions about student-learning trends unreliable.

January 21, 1998 – Education Week
Despite the longstanding worries of Kentucky legislators and residents, an independent report has found that the state did not pay for more than it got from its former student-testing contractor.
January 14, 1998 – Education Week

Scores for the latest round of the Kentucky Education Reform Act's controversial assessment and accountability portion were released last week, and the results show gains in all content areas in elementary, middle, and high schools across the state.

December 10, 1997 – Education Week

Buying an off-the-shelf curriculum has traditionally meant crossing your fingers and hoping it would actually help students learn. But those days may be over.

November 26, 1997 – Education Week

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