Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

State P-16 Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Kentucky P-16 Council?

The Council comprises three members of the Kentucky Board of Education, three members of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the state Commissioner of Education, the President of the Council on Postsecondary Education, two representatives of the Education Professional Standards Board, the KDE Director of Early Childhood Development, the CPE Vice President for Adult Education, the Executive Director of Technical Education, the Commissioner of Workforce Investment, the Executive Director of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, a business representative and a labor representative designated by the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board, and the Secretary of the Education Cabinet. Created by the CPE and the KBE in spring 1999, it conducted the first of its quarterly meetings in July 1999. Advancing the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990, the Kentucky Higher Education Reform Act of 1997, and the Kentucky Adult Education Reform Act of 2000, the P-16 Council advises the Board of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education, and its other partner agencies on the preparation and professional development of teachers, the alignment of competency standards, and the elimination of barriers impeding student transition from preschool through the baccalaureate.

Why was it formed?

The State P-16 Council was formed to help Kentucky achieve its ambitious goals for education reform by improving cooperation and communication among elementary, secondary, and postsecondary teachers and administrators. Kentucky trails national averages for percentages of its population that go to college, persist, and graduate. The State P-16 Council champions initiatives that motivate Kentuckians to complete high school and postsecondary education.

What objectives is the council pursuing?
  • Aligning the curriculum and requirements between high schools and colleges to make clear what every student needs to know and be able to do at each educational level.
  • Raising the quality of teachers through improved preparation and professional development.
  • Increasing the number and diversity of students attending college by stressing programs that persuade parents and students to plan early for advanced education.
What has the P-16 Council done so far?
  • Sponsored Kentucky's participation in The American Diploma Project to help align high school graduation standards with specified postsecondary and employment needs.
  • Sponsored statewide teams of P-12 teachers and postsecondary faculty in mathematics and literacy who recommended consistent expectations for student learning to reduce the need for postsecondary remediation.
  • Endorsed large-scale projects to improve mathematics and science teaching in the middle schools.
  • Promoted diagnostic testing in mathematics to help high school students identify academic deficiencies that they should correct before entering college.
  • Promoted funding proposals for innovative approaches to teacher education and endorsed statewide symposia of chief academic officers and deans of arts and sciences and education to improve the preparation and teaching effectiveness of P-12 teachers.
  • Endorsed a large-scale statewide survey of high school age youth about their attitudes toward postsecondary education.
  • Endorsed a statewide public communication campaign to promote postsecondary education for all Kentuckians.
  • Coordinated involvement of the Kentucky Virtual University in projects to extend the access of education to students of all ages and to expand professional development opportunities for teachers.
  • Sponsored a $20+ million statewide GEAR UP grant to prepare economically disadvantaged middle school students for college.
  • Oversaw the formation of local P-16 councils across the Commonwealth.
Do other states have P-16 Councils?

More than 20 states have P-16 organizations, and that number is expected to grow. Although the structure and emphasis of the organizations vary, the concerns of teacher education, curriculum alignment, and student transition focus discussions nationwide.

What is the relationship of the P-16 Council to local education groups?

The Kentucky P-16 Council is overseeing the creation of local P-16 Councils that bring together educators from preschools, elementary and secondary schools, colleges, and adult education providers, as well as employers and labor and community leaders, to better meet the educational needs of an area. In working with local councils and boards of education, the state Council offers advice and seeks to be a catalyst for ongoing improvement.

How do people find out more about the P-16 Council?
The agendas for all meetings and other materials are on the Web sites of the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Department of Education. Quarterly meeting schedules are listed in the Meetings and Materials section.



Dr. Linda Linville
Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs
Council on Postsecondary Education
1024 Capital Center Drive, Suite 320
Frankfort, KY 40601-8204
502/573-1555, x253
Fax: 502/573-1535

Elaine Farris
Deputy Commissioner
Kentucky Department of Education
500 Mero Street, 1520 Capital Plaza Tower
Frankfort, KY 40601
Fax: 502/564-4007


Last Updated 12/9/2008