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Kentucky has some district blended activity and three supplemental and full-time online course providers that are part of the Kentucky Virtual Campus: JCPSeSchool, Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning (BAVEL), and Kentucky Education Television (KET).

Kentucky Virtual Schools (KYVS) formally the state virtual school closed in 2012. It last served, 1,700 students in 2011-12.

Kentucky is one of the first states to implement a common P-20 learning management system (LMS), and obtain funding to provide for 15,000 licensed users in the LMS for taking online curriculum to the classroom. This allows the online programs to collaborate on teacher professional development, content development, content repositories, and technical support.

Fully online schools

Kentucky does not have charter schools or charter school legislation.

State virtual school

The Kentucky Virtual Schools program was created by the governor in January 2000 and served grades 9-12, it closed in 2012. KYVS reported a 6% increase in course enrollments, from 1,615 in 2009-10 to 1,716 enrollments and 1,137 unique students in 2010-11. KYVS offered 66 supplemental online courses that students can take with the permission of their resident school district, including 22 Advanced Placement® courses. KYVS was funded through an annual state legislative allocation, which was reduced in 2011 from $800,000 to $753,100, and also via course fees paid by school districts.

District programs

JCPSeSchool offers over 60 online courses to students in grades 3-12, as well as credit recovery for middle school students. While most students are local, over 200 institutions from 11 states bought enrollment slots in 2010-11. It is a competency-based curriculum with rolling enrollment; students take a proctored exam when they complete the course content. JCPSeSchool served 23,439 course enrollments in grades 6-12 in a competency-based curriculum in SY 2013-14. State-level end-of-course exams are still required and offered five times a year. Barren Academy of Virtual and Expanded Learning (BAVEL) served 310 students and 862 total course enrollments in SY 2012-13; students must reside in a district that has a non-resident agreement with Barren County. Kentucky Educational Television had 532 supplemental course enrollments in SY 2012-13.

Online learning policy history

Kentucky does not have inter-district choice, charter schools, or charter school legislation. However, HB37 (2012) allowed districts of innovation to include virtual education hours in overall instructional time, and to establish virtual schools for delivering alternative classes to meet high school graduation requirements. Four applicants were approved in SY 2012-13: Danville Independent, Eminence Independent, Jefferson County, and Taylor County. In SY 2013-14 an additional three were approved: Owensboro Independent, Owsley County, and Trigg County. Dansville was awarded a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant in 2013, and has implemented blended learning to all core middle and high school courses.

Blended learning

n 2012 the KDE began implementing blended learning pilot programs in volunteer schools and districts as a result of recommendations in Digital Learning 2020: A Policy Report for Kentucky’s Digital Future.

last updated October 8, 2014

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