May 2017: Kentucky Call To Action for Educators


Education department wants to hear from public about changes to academic standards

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) – The Kentucky Department of Education is moving forward with a review of English/language arts and math standards in schools.

The move is a part of Senate Bill 1 passed by Kentucky legislators this year. The bill requires the department to implement a review process beginning with the 2017-2018 school year. The current schedule calls for one or two content areas to be reviewed each year and every six years after that on a rotating basis.

Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt says they’re starting with English and math because those are the foundations of other learning.

“What we are doing is putting these out there and basically saying this is a draft a current draft of standards. What’s your feedback on this current draft? If you don’t like it, tell us,” Pruitt said.

The English/language arts standards, as revised, are now available for public feedback online.

The revised mathematics standards are also available online.

All Kentuckians are invited to provide comment on the revised standards.

The Kentucky Department of Education will collect input on all of the draft standards in English/language arts and mathematics until Sept. 15.


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English Learners and Immigrant Resources

Published: 10/26/2016 3:17 PM

This page contain information and resources for Title III including professional development, WebEX and Video Professional Development and additional information on resources and standards.

English Learner Demographic Information
Based on Kentucky’s LEP Access data, Kentucky reported 136+ languages. The LEP Languages Chart lists the home languages of Kentucky English Learners (ELs), the number of ELs representing each language group of the total EL population in Kentucky. The “Other” category, represents languages that were not listed in the Infinite Campus data base.
EL Pre-College Curriculum and Foreign Language

Many questions have been asked concerning the ways English Learners (ELs) may demonstrate competency in a foreign language. In order to meet the pre-college curriculum requirement students need to demonstrate a “basic-user” competency in a foreign language, that is, any language other than their native language, including English. There is no requirement for “seat time” or credits. All Kentucky students are expected to achieve the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, one of which is Academic Expectation 2.28 Students understand and communicate in a second language. Because this expectation does not identify English as the first language, it clearly indicates that students in the Kentucky school systems should have the opportunity to learn a second language beyond their native language.

EL Pre-College Curriculum and Foreign Language Q & A Document

Endorsements for English Learners (Grades P-12)
The population of school-aged English Learners (ELs) has significantly increased in recent years in Kentucky, thereby impacting many aspects of education. Schools need educators who are fully prepared to teach a growing population of linguistically and culturally diverse learners.

In Kentucky, the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) is responsible for issuing and renewing certificates for all Kentucky teachers and administrators. EPSB works with Kentucky colleges and universities, out-of-state institutions, and national evaluation agencies and processes approximately 25,000 certification transactions annually. The board is charged with establishing standards of performance both for preparation programs and practitioners and accrediting educator preparation programs.

To figure out which Kentucky higher education institutions  offer an endorsement in English as a Second Language (Grades P-12) please visit the EPSB Approved Programs webpage.


OELA English Learners Toolkit
English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards
WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards for English Language Learners in Kindergarten through 12th Grade serve as Kentucky’s NCLB required English language proficiency standards.  These standards will act as a companion document to The Kentucky Core Academic Standards in guiding instruction for Kentucky’s English Language Learners (ELLs).  The WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards do not replace The Kentucky Core Academic Standards.  Click here to access the 2012 edition of the WIDA ELP Standards.

Home Language Survey
All local school districts are required to administer a home language survey to students enrolled in the district as a first screening process to identify students with limited English proficiency. (703 KAR 5:070).
A local school district shall administer a home language survey to students enrolled in the district as the first screening process to identify students with limited English proficiency. The home language survey shall be based at a minimum on four questions.
  1. What is the language most frequently spoken at home?
  2. Which language did your child learn when he/she first began to talk?
  3. What language does your child most frequently speak at home?
  4. What language do you most frequently speak to your child
To meet No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title III requirements, states are mandated to identify and annually administer a standards-based English language proficiency test to all English Learners (ELs) in grades K-12. In order to comply with the NCLB requirement of an annual English Language Proficiency Assessment for ELs, Kentucky joined the WIDA Consortium in 2006. The WIDA Consortium’s goal is to provide research based assessments, standards and professional development to its member states.
Member states of the WIDA Consortium can be found on the WIDA webpage.
WIDA provides Kentucky with a placement test called the W-APT (WIDA ACCESS Placement Test) as well as the annual English Proficiency Assessment of ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State) for ELs.
For information about ACCESS and W-APT visit the web page for the Office of Assessment and Accountability.
District Plan and Assurances
 Local district plans for language instruction for English Learners (ELs) and immigrant students are required under Title III Section 3116 (Local Plans) to contain certain essential elements.  Local districts may develop its own format for the plan and may include other elements as outlined in the Title III Local Education Agency Plan. District assurances, Title III Subgrant Plans and Budgets will be completed in the online Grant Management Application & Planning (GMAP) System. The KDE GMAP webpage provides program resources, training videos and other information to assist districts.
Developing Programs for English Language Learners:
Program Overview Chart
Gary Martin
Office of Teaching and Learning
Division of Learning Services
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4970
Fax (502) 564-6470

Kentucky Resources for English Language Learners


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