Common Core in Kentucky:
Kentucky Core Academic Standards

Kentucky adopted the Common Core in February 2010 before the standards were even complete. The risk was eventually rewarded with a $17 million grant through Race to the Top, which would cover less than 5% of the implementation cost. Kentucky withdrew from PARCC on January 31, 2014, citing cost as a reason for discontinuing the partnership.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

Kentucky has not ruled out working with PARCC at arm’s length, stating that it would participate with the consortium as it would with “any other potential vendors” of curricula.

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

Kentucky has not decided whether it will use PARCC’s assessments in 2014–15.

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

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Updated: 6/10/2014