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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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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

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Wilmer S. Cody closed in last week on the troubled Floyd County district in Prestonsburg, filing formal charges against school officials there and recommending that the state school board place the system under state control.

November 19, 1997 - Education Week

Parents would have more authority over schools if Kentucky lawmakers agree to a task force's recommendation for adding to school-based decisionmaking councils.

November 12, 1997 - Education Week

This summer was a rough one for Kentucky's innovative student testing system. Still negotiating the fallout from a scoring mistake on the tests and the firing of the firm that ran them, the state recently learned that its longtime assessment director plans to leave by the end of the year.

September 3, 1997 - Education Week

Recommendations from the Kentucky attorney generals office about the states evaluation of a handful of schools have raised broader questions about ratings of all the schools in the state.

May 28, 1997 - Education Week

The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, a Kentucky citizens' group that helped build support for the 1990 overhaul of the state's public schools, is launching a new program to train and motivate parents to become more involved in education.

September 4, 1996 - Education Week
March 13, 1996 - Education Week

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