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 makes use of SREB’s many targeted programs and services.

Kentucky Members of the Board

Matt Bevin, Governor of Kentucky, Frankfort, ex officio (2019)
Wayne D. Andrews, President, Morehead State University, Morehead (2016)
Derrick W. Graham, State Representative, Frankfort (2019)
Joseph U. Meyer, former Secretary, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, Frankfort (2017)
Vacancy (2018)

(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 September 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 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.

Publication September 20144 pages

High School to College and Careers, Kentucky

Are standards, assessments and readiness policies aligned to promote smooth transitions? Details on Kentucky policies and requirements for high school graduation, accelerated learning, academic and career planning, college and career readiness, college admission, state financial aid and more.


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.

Publication May 20133 pages

Kentucky Accountability Profile

Kentucky’s plans under federal waivers to No Child Left Behind: policies for raising student achievement, evaluating school performance, and identifying low-performing schools for state assistance.


Publication June 201236 pages(12E04)

Kentucky: A Decade of Progress

This report outlines a decade of the state’s progress toward meeting SREB’s Challenge to Lead education goals. Data on key education measures for each of the 12 goals are presented, with commentary that puts the information in a regional and national context. The lead figures on each page also are available as PowerPoint slides at