State: Kentucky


Your Guide to Data and Services for Kentucky

SREB works with Kentucky policymakers, colleges and schools to help them improve education. From this page, find independent, accurate data, reliable best practices and ways to share scarce resources — plus details on how Kentucky uses SREB’s targeted programs and services.

Kentucky Members of the Board

Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky, Frankfort, ex officio (2019)
Derrick W. Graham, State Representative, Frankfort (2019)
Alesa G. Johnson, Associate Dean Workforce Solutions, Somerset Community College, Somerset (2018)
Joseph U. Meyer, former Secretary, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Frankfort (2017)
Mardi Montgomery, Director of Policy and Legislation, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Frankfort (2020)

(Appointments to the Board are made by the Governor. Terms expire June 30 of the specified year.)

Kentucky Members of the Legislative Advisory Council

John “Bam” Carney, State Representative, Campbellsville
Derrick W. Graham, State Representative, Frankfort
Jody Richards, State Representative, Bowling Green
Wilson Stone, State Representative, Scottsville
Johnny Ray Turner, State Senator, Prestonsburg
Mike Wilson, State Senator, Bowling Green
Max Wise, State Senator, Campbellsville

Publication October 20165 pages

College Affordability Profile

To help policymakers assess and improve college affordability in their states, SREB provides tailored reports on the policies, programs and prices that drive affordability. Each member-state profile details net price at different types of institutions, state financial aid based on need or other factors, student borrowing, and percentage of family income needed to pay for college at different income levels


Publication June 201640 pages(16E07-KY)

Kentucky: Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace

Gauging Progress, Accelerating Pace is the seventh biennial report to SREB states on their progress in meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead goals for education. Each customized state report documents progress on both measurable outcomes and state policies. Through effective policy implementation, the goals can help states drive improvements in student achievement, high school graduation, college completion and workforce readiness.


Publication May 20164 pages

Professional Learning

SREB researchers gathered information on efforts in Kentucky, particularly at the Kentucky Department of Education, to foster effective professional learning on the state’s college- and career-readiness standards, the Kentucky Academic Standards. In collaboration with SREB states and national experts, SREB identified a set of expected state actions — “look-fors” — in four areas of state leadership in professional learning.

Publication February 201620 pages(16E05)

Direct From the Inside: KCTCS Direct2Degree Program

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) received a Wave III-B Next Generation Learning Challenges grant in 2013 to focus on breakthrough models for enhancing college completion. The Direct2Degree program was designed to accelerate the rate of degree attainment in Kentucky — with degree paths that would be more cost-efficient for students than traditional paths.

Stacey Irvin

Principal is Key for Math Teachers’ Professional Development

The role of the administrator — attending professional development sessions with teachers and principals and participating in classroom observations and coaching visits — is critical to the successful implementation of the Mathematics Design Collaborative. To support teachers, leadership must understand math achievement gaps in students and the classroom process that teachers are taught to address the gaps.

Blog post Governor Steve Beshear
Governor Beshear

Leaders from Southern states push to improve early education

Our understanding about early childhood development has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. New brain research tells us that children’s brains form very rapidly early on, and their earliest experiences have lifelong effects on their likelihood to succeed. 

Now it’s time to put what we’ve learned into practice so that our young children get the best start possible.