P-16 councils are composed of education, business, and community leaders working together to increase the success of all students, from pre-school through college and beyond. P-16 councils lead comprehensive, coordinated efforts to close achievement gaps and to raise the level of educational attainment and economic development in Kentucky.
- Statewide P-16 Council
The Statewide P-16 council, created in 1999, advises the Kentucky Board of Education and the Council on Postsecondary Education on the preparation of teachers, the alignment of competency standards, and the elimination of barriers impeding successful transitions from pre-school through college. Meetings are held quarterly.
- Local & Regional P-16 Councils
Local councils assess a specific area’s educational needs and help implement P-16 initiatives at the local level. Kentucky has 23 local P-16 councils that hold network meetings and communicate via a P-16 listserv.
- Project Lead the Way
Project Lead the Way in Kentucky is a collaboration of all the P-20 institutions, public and private, the Council and the Kentucky Department of Education are highly vested in human capital through funding this effort. Project Lead the Way is a national organization partnering with education, business, and industry to provide pre-engineering and biomedical programs for middle and high school students. Kentucky’s Project Lead the Way goal is to prepare an ever-increasing number of Kentucky students from diverse backgrounds to pursue engineering and engineering technology careers. A major goal of Project Lead the Way is professional education for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers. The University of Kentucky serves as Kentucky’s national Project Lead the Way affiliate.