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About Kentucky Educator Preparation Program Report Card

The Kentucky Educator Preparation Program (KEPP) Report Card is a publication of the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). Pursuant to Kentucky Revised Statute 161.028, the EPSB must “set standards for, approve, and evaluate college, university, and school district programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.” The Report Card reflects the quality of teacher and administrator preparation programs throughout the Commonwealth as demonstrated via indicators deemed important by the Governor, the General Assembly, the Kentucky Board of Education, higher education, teachers and administrators, parents, the EPSB, and the public-at-large.

Currently, 28 public and independent colleges/universities in Kentucky are approved by the EPSB to offer educator preparation. Although certification program options vary from one institution to the next, all institutions must meet the accreditation standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, which have been adopted by the EPSB. The EPSB also expects institutions to address various Kentucky-specific program quality assurances, such as working collaboratively with the public schools, promoting alternative routes to certification for nontraditional students, and incorporating special topics such as school safety, literacy, and economic education into the curriculum.

The KEPP Report Card is a work in progress, and 2001 marked its inaugural publication. In succeeding years, additional indicators, such as survey results and more information about teacher interns, will continue to be added. It must be remembered, however, that the KEPP Report Card can only be a snapshot – it cannot portray the broad spectrum of all that is involved in preparing a prospective teacher or administrator to help children learn. The EPSB’s intent, however, is to provide as much information as possible, and to do so in a clear, concise, and easily accessible format. For questions or information regarding the KEPP Report Card, contact Rob Ackers, Associate Commissioner at