The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking feedback on proposed amendments to an administrative regulation that establishes the standards for a school and district report card and covers definitions, requirements for the school and district report cards, data verification and publication, and a new section on communication of federal and state accountability classifications.
The amendments to 703 KAR 5:140 – which were to align the regulation with new state and federal requirements – include change of definitions such as parent/guardian and a new section on whether a school must prominently display the federal classification and the school accountability (star rating) or hold a public meeting to communicate this information. The proposed changes were made based upon feedback from the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), the Local Superintendent Advisory Committee and the School Curriculum Assessment and Accountability Council.
The changes were approved during a second reading from the KBE at its Dec. 4 meeting. The next step in the process is a 60-day public comment period. The original regulation with the proposed changes is available on the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission’s website.
Written comments may be submitted through Feb. 29 by mail to Todd Allen, Interim General Counsel, Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Blvd, 5th Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601, faxed to Allen at (502) 564-9321, or submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oral comments will be accepted at a public hearing at 10 a.m. ET Feb. 24 in the State Board Room (Room 514) at KDE, 300 Sower Blvd., Frankfort. Please contact KDE in writing five working days prior to the hearing to be heard at the meeting. If no notification of intent to attend the hearing is received by that date, the hearing may be canceled.
- Oct. 3: Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) first read
- Dec. 4: KBE second read
- January through February: 60-day public comment period (written comments)
- Feb. 24: Public hearing at the Kentucky Department of Education
- April 9: Statement of consideration presented to KBE
- Spring: Reviewed by legislative committees
The regulation changes are expected to be effective for the 2019-2020 reporting of the School Report Card.