What is Senate Bill 1 (SB1)
- SB1 was signed by Governor Beshear on March 26th, 2009, that revises the assessment and accountability system for P-12 education.
- Revision of standards to increase the rigor and focus the content of P-12 education, increasing the number of students that are college ready.
Senate Bill 1 (SB1) called upon Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), in collaboration with the Council of Post-Secondary Education (CPE), to develop a unified strategy to reduce college remediation rates and increase graduation rates of postsecondary students with college readiness needs. In May 2010 a unified strategy and implemention plan was developed. It included measures to asses progress toward SB1 goals. The plan was developed around four key strategies promoting college and career readiness:
- Accelerated Learning Opprotunities (focusing on the expansion of Advanced Placement and International Bacalaureate credit access and dual credit opprotunities)
- Secondary Intervention Programs (focusing on the development and implementation of transition coursework)
- College and Career Readiness Advising (focusing on the full implementation of the Individual Learning Plan and comprehensive advising programs)
- Postsecondary College Persistance and Degree Completion (focusing on bridge programing, accelerated learning opprotunities, and student support and intervention systems)
Goals and Timeline
- Goal 1: Reduce college remediation rates by at least 50% by 2014 from what they were in 2010
- Goal 2: Increase the college completion rates of students enrolled in one or more remedial classes by 3% annually from 2009 to 2014
What activities have taken place to implement SB1?
- In February 2010, Kentucky became the first state to adopt the nationally recognized Commom Core college and career readiness standards for English and Mathematics.
- Standards work for science and social studies began in June 2010.
- In May 2010 Kentucky Department of Education and Council on Postsecondary Education developed a set of unified strategies to promote college readiness and degree completion for underprepared students.