Curriculum and School Improvement


Advanced Career

Nine pathways that combine college-ready academics with hands-on, project-based assignments that spark students’ learning and interest in STEM careers. Each four-course AC pathway prepares students for advanced industry credentials and two- and four-year postsecondary credentials and degrees.

Kentucky schools delivering AC curricula during 2018-19:

  • Aerospace Engineering: 1 school
  • Energy and Power: 2 schools
  • Informatics: 2 schools
  • Integrated Production Technologies: 1 school
  • Teachers trained to date: 19 >

Readiness Courses

Ready for High School Courses

Courses that help eighth- and ninth-graders master the literacy and math skills they need to complete a college-ready academic core and pursue challenging career pathway programs in high school. Ready for High School Literacy and Ready for High School Math can be offered in the eighth or ninth grades.

Number of Kentucky teachers who attended Ready for High School trainings in 2018-19:
Ready for High School Literacy: 21
Ready for High School Math: 16

Ready for College Courses

Courses that help juniors and seniors master literacy and math skills before they transition from high school to postsecondary education and the workplace. In Literacy Ready, seniors develop and defend ideas from texts in diverse subject areas and write about those texts at a college level. Math Ready develops critical thinking and math reasoning skills and engages seniors in applying math to solve real-world problems.

Number of Kentucky teachers who attended Ready for College trainings in 2018-19:
Literacy Ready: 11
Math Ready: 11>

Making Schools Work

A school improvement process developed by SREB that engages K-12 educators and school leaders in identifying and studying problems of practice, implementing research-based solutions to those problems, and learning within a collaborative network of schools. Schools adopt Making Schools Work through designs for middle grades schools, high schools and technology centers.

Kentucky is a member of the Making Schools Work network.

Advisory Council Member: David Horseman, associate commissioner, Office of Career and Technical Education, Kentucky Department of Education

State Coordinator: Tom Thompson, Office of Career and Technical Education, Kentucky Department of Education

Schools, districts and states contract with SREB to implement Making Schools Work and receive targeted school improvement services such as professional development, instructional coaching and technical assistance.

Three Kentucky districts contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

SREB will deliver 237 days of on-site coaching and professional development in these districts.

One Kentucky technology center contracted with SREB for direct services in 2018-19.

Frankfort Independent Schools

Middle grades schools and high schools in Frankfort Independent Schools in Frankfort, Kentucky, are working with SREB to implement full-scale reform strategies to prepare students for college and careers. Strategies include:

  • Training and coaching in literacy and mathematics practices
  • Adoption of advanced CTE courses such as Advanced Career
  • Training and coaching for principals and other school leaders to support career pathways
  • Support for STEM in the middle grades
Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Awards

Frankfort High School​​
Frankfort, Kentucky

Frankfort High School in Frankfort, Kentucky, won a Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award in July 2018.>