This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
|What is the compulsory school age?||Age 6 by August 1||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.030|
|What is the state's kindergarten entrance age?||Age 5 by August 1||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.030|
|What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance?||Opt-out: Age 6-7, if enrolled in a private kindergarten-nursery school.
Opt-out: Age 5-6, a child may enter grade 1 if local board determines she/he has acquired the skills taught in kindergarten.
|Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 159.030;
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.031
|Does the state require children to attend kindergarten?||No||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.030 (West)|
|Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts?||Yes — Half-Day||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.100 ;
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann § 157.320
|How many hours are required for grades K-3?||6 hours per day for all grades except kindergarten, which may be operated for less than 6 hours per day.||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.060 (West)|
|What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3?||1:24 for grades K-3.||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 157.360|
|What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading?||Teacher preparation: Literacy program requirements for educator preparation programs include instruction in reading standards and assessments.
Professional Development: The Kentucky Department of Education must provide assistance to schools and teachers to ensure student competency in reading.
|16 Ky. Admin. Regs. 5:060;
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.840
|What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math?||Professional development: The Kentucky Department of Education must provide assistance to schools and teachers to ensure student competency in mathematics.||16 Ky. Admin. Regs. 5:010 et. seq.;
Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.840
|Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3?||Professional certificate for interdisciplinary early childhood education, birth to primary.||16 Ky. Admin. Regs. 2:040|
|School Readiness and Transitions|
|Are kindergarten entrance assessments required?||Each school district must administer the Common Kindergarten Entry Screening to each student entering kindergarten no later than 30 days after the start of the school year.||704 Ky. Admin. Regs. 5:070|
|What are states required to do with the results of the KEA?||Results must be entered into the student information system within 30 days of the start of the school year and individual results must be shared with parents. Districts may use the data in the following ways: inform districts, parents and communities about readiness gaps; inform policy decisions; establish local goals for program improvement; and as part of program evaluation. Results may not be used to determine enrollment eligibility.||704 Ky. Admin. Regs. 5:070|
|Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process?||Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.|
|Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform?||School readiness means a student is "ready to engage in and benefit from early learning experiences that best promote the student's success."||704 Ky. Admin. Regs. 5:070|
|Assessment, Intervention and Retention|
|Are assessments required in grades K-3?||Every elementary school must provide diagnostics reading assessments.||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.791|
|What do the results of K-3 assessments inform?||Results of the assessment are used to inform intervention service needs.||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.791|
|Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3?||Every elementary school must provide intervention services for students who need them. The department of education will provide technical assistance to local districts to improve screening processes, using screening data to design instructional interventions, use of multisensory instructional strategies, monitoring student progress and supplemental instruction.||Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 158.791|
|Is there a third grade retention policy?||Retention is not required.||704 Ky. Admin. Regs. 3:440|
|For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement?||Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.|
|For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required?||Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.|
|Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute?||Social-emotional development is one of the required domains that must be measured by the common kindergarten entry screener.||704 Ky. Admin. Regs. 5:070|