Curriculum and School Improvement


Advanced Career

A new approach to career and technical education that combines college-readiness academics with hands-on, project-based assignments focused on modern careers. Advanced Career helps prepare students for as many options as possible after high school: a high-value job, college, community college or technical school. 

Kentucky was the lead state working with SREB to develop the AC Integrated Production Technologies and Informatics pathways. 

Kentucky participation in AC programs, 2016-17:

  • Clean Energy Technology: 2 schools
  • Energy and Power: 2 schools
  • Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management: 1 school
  • Health Informatics: 1 school
  • Informatics: 5 schools
  • Integrated Production Technologies: 1 school
  • Teachers trained: 8 >

Readiness Courses:
Math Ready and Literacy Ready

Courses specifically designed to help underprepared students succeed in the next phase of education. 

Ready for college

Courses to teach young adults the reading, writing and math skills they must have to succeed in college. Taught in an engaging way that leads students to learn and think independently, read for information and solve problems.

Kentucky uses transitional courses, including an option for the SREB Readiness Courses.

Ready for high school

New courses for the transition from middle grades to high school. Underprepared students take the classes in eighth or ninth grade.

Teachers from Kentucky participated in developing, field testing and reviewing the new courses. >

High Schools That Work

The nation’s largest school improvement program. HSTW strategies transform high schools into places where all students master complex academic and technical concepts. More than 1,150 schools in 30 states use the framework and its six design features and nine key practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates.

HSTW State Network

Member states select schools to receive services. The fee for state membership in the consortium covers several services and visits.

Kentucky is a member of the High Schools That Work state network. Fourteen schools were active in 2015-16.

HSTW Board Member: Laura Arnold, Associate Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Education

HSTW State Coordinator: Linda Floyd, Kentucky Department of Education

Contracts for Direct Support

Schools, districts and states contract with SREB for targeted school improvement services such as onsite coaching, technical assistance and professional development. 

Six Kentucky schools contracted for direct services in 2015-16. 
SREB delivered 74 days of onsite coaching and six days of onsite staff development at the schools. >

Making Middle Grades Work

Engages state, district and school leaders in partnerships with teachers, students, parents and the community to raise student achievement in the middle grades. In addition to workshops and school visits, SREB links schools to the professional development resources they need. The network includes over 650 schools in 20 states.

Kentucky is a member of the Making Middle Grades Work network, with 13 active schools in 2015-16. SREB delivered 128 days of onsite coaching and 26 days of onsite staff development to the schools. 

Ten middle schools in Jefferson County were part of a collaborative effort of the Kentucky Department of Education, Jefferson County Public Schools and SREB to improve literacy and math instruction in the school district. >

Technology Centers That Work

Helps shared-time centers produce high-demand, high-wage graduates. SREB provides staff development, technical assistance, publications and assessment services. The network includes almost 200 sites in 18 states.

Active centers in Kentucky in 2015-16: 23 >

Counseling for Careers

Awakens students to career goals and connects them to the high school and postsecondary programs of study to succeed in them. SREB offers workshops, materials and coaching for districts, schools and technology centers, which then involve teachers, counselors, administrators, parents and community partners.

SREB is working with middle schools, high schools and technology centers in multiple Kentucky districts, with an emphasis on career exploration, career pathways and personalized education and career plans for all students.