KDE accepting comments on changes to graduation requirements


The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) voted unanimously Oct. 3 to approve a proposal that will change minimum high school graduation requirements for students who will graduate in the Classes of 2023 and 2024.

Check out this video of a Kentucky Board of Education meeting to hear more about the reasoning behind the proposal straight from Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis.

The regulation containing these requirements will now go through the regulatory process. Public comment will be accepted Nov. 1-30, with a public hearing set for 10 a.m. Nov. 29 in the State Board Room at the Kentucky Board of Education, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort. All public comment will be considered and presented to the KBE for consideration of changes during its December meeting.

The Kentucky Department of Education will accept public comments on the regulation through Nov. 30. Written comments on the proposed amendment to 704 KAR 3:305 may be sent to Deanna Durrett, General Counsel, Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Boulevard, 5th Floor, Frankfort, KY 40601, or emailed to regcomments@education.ky.gov.


  1. I would like to comment on the new graduation requirements that have been brought forth. I am absolutely appalled that it would be suggested that a foreign language requirement be struck from high school graduation. It should be obvious that the United States is part of a global world and our citizens are traveling more than ever before to conduct business in foreign countries. Being knowledgeable concerning languages and cultures can only improve our ability to be successful in foreign relations. It is also a requirement in the majority of credible colleges and universities for students to have a minimum of two years of a high school foreign language. Therefore, by Kentucky waiving this requirement, many students may not be accepted to the colleges they desire because they do not meet the general education requirements.

    • There is no requirement in our current graduation standards for a student to take world languages. You can find the wording of the current regulation here: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/704/003/305.pdf.

      However, world languages are required in the regulation governing admission into state-supported postsecondary institutions. You can see that regulation here: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/013/002/020.pdf

      We also encourage you to submit any comments you might have on the proposed high school graduation requirements either through email at regcomments@education.ky.gov or through the mail. Please make sure to use one of those two avenues so your comments can be taken into consideration.