Introduction | Standards | Syllabus Template | Highly Effective Teaching & Learning | Assessment Literacy | College & Career Readiness | Division of Undergraduate Education | Academic Preparation Program


  • What is it?
    • Senate Bill 1, passed by the Kentucky General Assembly in 2009, calls for higher and more rigorous learning standards to ensure more Kentuckians graduate from high school ready for college or career, and for collaboration among postsecondary institutions to accomplish this goal.
    • Senate Bill 1 (2009) (.pdf version of the bill)
  • Who does it affect and how does it affect you?
    • Arts & Sciences Faculty
    • UKCore Faculty
    • Teacher Educators
  • What do I need to know about it? How do I get an orientation on Unbridled Learning/Senate Bill 1 (2009)? All faculty, teaching assistants, and part time instructors involved in UKCore and teacher education programs (content and education courses) are required to have Unbridled Learning/Senate Bill 1 orientation by November 1, 2011.
    • Moodle Modules on General Senate Bill 1 Discussion & Instructions
      • These online modules were created by the College & Career Readiness P20 Innovation Lab to help orient faculty members to the responsibilities and components of Unbridled Learning/SB1
      • Click on the link above and enter your Link Blue credentials. Then click on “enroll me” to be enrolled in the course. You will then be able to view the accompanying modules. Please note, your browser may ask you to run the “Quicktime Plugin”. You must say yes to this in order to view the videos.
    • CPE Online Modules The online modules incorporate reading material, video clips and resources. The modules have been designed for:
      • faculty who teach freshman year or introductory courses
      • teacher education faculty  and content faculty who train future teachers
      • administrators and staff who need information regarding Senate Bill 1 (2009)

      Faculty need to be able to use the new standards so their courses will be aligned with the expectations of students leaving high school and so that students in teacher preparation programs are adequately prepared to teach the new P-12 standards.

  • Who is involved?
  • What is the Senate Bill 1 Vocabulary?
    • There are a lot of acronyms and new language in the Unbridled Learning Education Initiative. Please refer here to a list of commonly used terms.
  • Media Attention
  • Updates from the Organizations

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Syllabus Templates and Faculty Toolkits

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Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning

The Kentucky Department of Education has been working in teams to develop Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning as support focused on the instructional core.  The teams have looked at the research that establishes what the characteristics are and they have organized the characteristics around five components: learning climate; classroom assessment and reflection; instructional rigor and student engagement; instructional relevance; and knowledge of content.

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Assessment Literacy

  • Learning Targets
  • End of Course Assessment Information
  • EPAS System
  • The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) represents an important step forward. For the first time ever, 25 states have come together to develop a next-generation, common assessment system that will help ensure all students graduate from high school ready for college and careers. The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has committed to participate in PARCC, help develop the college-ready assessments, and ultimately use those assessments as one indicator of students’ readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. 
  • Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and that accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness. The work of the Consortium is guided by the belief that a high-quality assessment system can provide resources and tools for teachers and schools to improve instruction and help students succeed. The Consortium involves educators, researchers, policymakers, and community groups in a transparent and consensus-driven process.

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College and Career Readiness

  • 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 - Kentucky 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.
  • Career Readiness Indicators
  • Comparison of ACT and Common Core Standards
  • General overview of College Readiness and Developmental Education from CPE - Kentucky college readiness indicators and learning outcomes for intervention and developmental education coursework
  • Academic Advising Toolkit for grades 6 – 12 - Secondary students (grades 6-12) experience a wide range of emotions as they strive to establish a unique identity through which they filter social and emotional issues. During this critical stage of development, students need guidance from caring adults. Advising students in the various areas of their life, helping them weigh their decisions, and carefully considering their options needs to be a priority.

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Connections to K-12 Community

  • Transitional Courses - One foundational strategy identified to help ensure student success in becoming college and career ready is Targeted Interventions. The transitional courses are part of this strategy. The target audience for the transitional courses is high school seniors who scored below readiness benchmarks for English, Reading, or Mathematics on the ACT.
  • Closing the gaps of all students – This document, put forth by the Kentucky Department of Education, provides guidelines for closing the achievement gap. Under KRS 158.649, also known as Senate Bill 168, “achievement gap” means a substantive performance difference on each of the tested areas by grade level of the state testing system between the various groups of students including male and female students, students with and without disabilities, students with and without English proficiency, minority and nonminority students, and students who are eligible for free and reduced price meals and those who are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

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Updated September 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm

University of Kentucky College of Education