Kentucky Core Academic Standards
for Postsecondary Education


This page provides access to resources available for Senate Bill 1(2009) and the Kentucky Core Academic Standards. If your institution or organization has material that you would like to share on this page please contact us.

General Resources

  • Implementing the standards and assessments - for current information about implementation progress of the common core standards and related assessments please visit the following websites:
  • National PTA - Parent's Guide to Student Success was developed in response to the common core standards in English language arts and mathematics that more than 40 states have adopted. National PTA created the guides that provide an overivew of what students will learn for grades K-8 and two for grades 9-12 (one for English language arts/literacy and one for mathematics)
  • The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is an independent, nonpartisan group of volunteers dedicated to improving education in Kentucky. The committee was founded in 1980 as a 30-member citizen panel to plan for the future of higher education in Kentucky. Three years later, members of this group reorganized into a new, independent organization and dedicated themselves to advocating for improved education for all Kentuckians. They inform the public through several publications and a Web site
  • Bringing the Common Core to Life presented by David Coleman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Student Achievement Partners. Coleman demonstrates two lesson plans - "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and "Gettysburg Address" - that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. This plenary took place on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, during the PARCC Transition & Implementation Institute held at Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center at National Harbor, Maryland. This presentation is just over one hour in length and can be viewed here:
  • Educational Success Concepts, LLC, (ESC) is a consulting group that utilizes “Concepts for Success in the 21st Century” to provide educational institutions the tools and training to help their students in the successful transition to, retention in, and graduation from college. Three areas for consideration in this process are the student’s perceptions, personality, and stress management. Perceptions play a major role in determining how closely the first year student’s ideas and expectations about college match with the reality of college. Misperceptions require transition adjustments and the more adjustments the student must make, the higher the level of stress for the student and the higher the probability of drop out during the first year. Misperceptions and stress can lead to lower academics and college retention rates. ESC provides the tools for understanding student perceptions, personality and stressors and for gaining quantitative data for retention progress. ESC has been designated a Continuing Education Provider by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). For more information about Educational Success Concepts, LLC click here.
  • The Mathematics Assessment Project developed by the Shell Center for Mathematical Education is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support US schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS). Funding is provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the University of California, Berkeley. The Kentucky content leadership networks are working with these resources this year, and many of them would be appropriate for developmental classes. Click here to learn more about MAP:
  • A new advising toolkit, developed by staff at the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will help districts keep students in school, better prepare them for postsecondary options and increase the number of students that are college/career ready. The toolkit, Your Future Ahead, is available to all school districts free of charge. The advising toolkit is designed to help middle and high schools develop and improve their mentoring and advising programs. It includes sections on effectively using the Individual Learning Plan (ILP); building in time during the school day for advising; and Kentucky-specific lesson plans that trained mentors/advisors can use with students. The lessons are divided into three areas -- college, career and personal/social -- and include a section on best practices. Starting this fall, Kentucky schools will be expected to include information about their advising program in the Practical Living/Career Studies Program Review. In the future, Program Reviews will be a measure included in Kentucky’s accountability system for schools and districts. Your Future Ahead can be downloaded at no cost from the KDE website.
  • College and Career Readiness Unified Plan - Senate Bill 1 (2009) led to the implementation of several education initiatives impacting college readiness and degree completion in Kentucky. Included in these initiatives was a mandate for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to develop a unified strategy to reduce college remediation rates of recent high school graduates by at least fifty percent by 2014 from the rates in 2010, and to increase the college completion rates of students enrolled in one or more remedial classes by three percent annually from 2009 to 2014. CPE and KDE have partnered to develop a unified strategic plan outlined in the Unified Strategy for College and Career Readiness.
  • College Readiness Indicators - College Readiness Initiatives in Kentucky have been noted for innovative approaches to college readiness and developmental education. Postsecondary faculty and K-12 partners have created a common set of college readiness indicators that will be used in by KDE and CPE as benchmarks of college readiness. All public postsecondary institutions will guarantee placement into college credit-bearing coursework without need of remediation or additional placement testing for students meeting the benchmarks. As part of this effort, common learning outcomes from readiness coursework or high school intervention programming for writing, reading and mathematics have been established and will be fully implemented in fall 2012. The goal now is to create a common message for Kentucky about college readiness.
  • TES Connect, the largest network of teachers, provides access to full lesson plans, printable materials, and interactive resources. It has nearly 2 million members from 197 countires. About 200 teachers from across the U.S. helped review the lessons and prepare them for the site. Karen Gant, a science teacher in Miami, said she went to two marathon sessions in Baltimore in which teachers received spreadsheets with 100 lessons they had to review. In all, she says she reviewed more than 500 lessons -- looking at language, software and content -- some of which she plans to use with her own students. For more information see:
  • iTUnes for Educators – provides a wide range of videos developed by Kentucky schools, leadership networks and the Kentucky Department of Education. This resource also provides access to national and international resources from K-12 and higher education. For more information see:
  • Leadership Networks - The system of P-12 Leadership Networks in Kentucky has been designed to support the quality implementation of the requirements set forth in Senate Bill 1 (2009). Specifically, the networks are intended to build the capacity of each district in the Commonwealth as they implement Kentucky’s new Core Academic Standards, develop assessment literacy among all educators, and work toward ensuring that every student is college and career ready. To that end, the vision for these networks is: Every school district in the Commonwealth of Kentucky has a knowledgeable and cohesive leadership team that guides the professional learning and practice of all administrators, teachers, and staff so that every student experiences highly effective teaching, learning, and assessment practices in every classroom, every day. (Result: Proficient and Prepared for Success!). KDE has developed this website to provide access to resources from around the state:
  • Verizon Thinkfinity Kentucky is a partnership with Verizon Foundation and the Kentucky Department of Education. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and train teachers throughout the state to use the thousands of free educational resources available on The intent of the resources is to help meet the instructional needs of teachers through top notch content and effective professional development. See
  • Preparing for Change - To gain insight into the steps states are taking to implement the Common Core State Standards, Education First and the Editorial Projects in Education (EPE) Research Center examined state planning activities in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. This report presents results from a summer 2011 survey of state education agency (SEA) representatives. This study is intended to inform state policymakers, SEA staff, and other stakeholders interested in better understanding the progress states have made toward implementing common standards.

Module Resources

The resources in this section come from the online information modules Recommended Readings sections. This information has been place here as an additional source of information regarding Senate Bill 1 (2009) implementation and the connection to postsecondary education.

Workshop Resources

The Council on Postsecondary Education in collaboration with the Collaborative Center for Literacy (CCLD), the Kentucky Center for Mathematics (KCM), the Kentucky Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (KACTE), and the P-20 College and Career Readiness Lab at the University of Kentucky developed information workshops about Senate Bill 1 (2009). The following materials were presented at the statewide workshops.

General Sessions

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Breakout Sessions

Senate Bill 1 (2009) Workshop Interviews

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During the Senate Bill 1 (2009) workshop held in Georgetown several attendees were interviewed and asked to share their experiences regarding the implications of the legislation on postsecondary education. The participants were asked to: