Kentucky Academic Standard Review and Revision Process

From August 25, 2014 through April 30, 2015, the Kentucky Department of Education sought public input on the state's English language arts and mathematics standards through the Kentucky Core Academic Standards (KCAS) Challenge.

Academic standards define what Kentucky students are expected to learn at each grade level in order to graduate ready for success in college and career. How the standards are taught – the curriculum or methods and materials used – is decided at the local level, as it was with previous standards. 

The KCAS Challenge had two primary goals:

1. increase awareness and understanding of the Kentucky Core Academic Standards in English language arts and mathematics that were adopted in 2010

2. solicit actionable feedback on the standards as part of the department's regular review process of the academic standards that have been implemented in Kentucky's public schools.

Nearly 4,000 people took part in the challenge, which was widely publicized by the department and education partners, as well as in the media. Almost 50 percent of those who weighed in on the standards were teachers or retired teachers, about 20 percent were parents, eight percent were administrators or school district staff, and about eight percent represented business or the community at-large. The remainder were students, professors and state agency partners.

Almost 90% of the responses for each standard were “thumbs up”, which indicated no change was needed.

Beginning in September 2015, teams of content experts, teachers from K-12, post secondary, and education stakeholders convened. Working together with agency staff they reviewed all of the feedback collected as part of the KCAS Challenge and recommended revisions that have merit for improving the overall quality and appropriateness of the standards to promote college/career readiness for all students.  
For more information on the KCAS Challenge results and the ELA and Math standards please visit the Kentucky Department of Education KCAS Challenge webpage at
We invite you to review and provide feedback around the following:

First, you will be able to review DRAFT changes.

Secondly, you will have the opportunity to review DRAFT cursive handwriting standards for grades 2 and 3.  

Finally, the complete set of K-12 standards for ELA are available, by grade, for your review and feedback.

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