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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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Kentucky's education commissioner announced last week that he will leave his post at the end of the year.
November 3, 1999 - Education Week
A second round of research on the latest federal reading-test results suggests that Kentucky's 1998 scores represented a statistically significant increase over 1994 after all, the U.S. Department of Education announced last week.
October 6, 1999 - Education Week
In a country where one of the strongest predictors of academic achievement is socioeconomic status, it's no surprise that Anchorage Elementary School in suburban Louisville was a top performer in reading on Kentucky's assessment.
May 5, 1999 - Education Week
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

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