Academics and Innovation

Welcome students, families, and community members to KSD’s Division of Academics and Innovation. Made up of several office teams, the Division is committed to pursuing access and equity so that every student graduates college and career ready. The links below provide information related to academic standards and programs in the district. 

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Transitions to New, Higher Standards In Kent School District

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)CCSS are the adopted standards in the state of Washington for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Kent School District is phasing in implementation of these standards over the 2012-13 to 2014-15 school years.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)On October 4, 2013, Governor Inslee and Superintendent Dorn announced the adoption of the NGSS for implementation in Washington’s schools to provide consistent science education through all grades, with an emphasis on engineering and technology. Staff in the Kent School District are preparing for full implementation in 2016-17. This NGSS FAQ page contains more information about the standards and the KSD's implementation timelines.

KSD Learning Standards

English Language Arts (ELA) standards for K-12.
Math standards for K-12.
Technology standards for K-12, along with charts and high school Culminating Project information.


KSD Programs

Assistive Technology Resources to ensure all students increase independence and achievement through use of technology.
Career and Technical Education
Find information about Kent School District Career and Technical Programs.
Dual Language The program will develop a high academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages by participating in a rigorous academic program that enhances the development of bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy
Programs for students who have special needs created by their depth of understanding and insight, advanced academic skills, rapid rate of learning, aptitude for higher levels of thinking and capacity for creative thinking.
Inclusive Education
Services for students with special educational needs.
English Language Learners (ELL)
Services available for students who are learning English.
One-to-One Laptop Initiative
This section reviews the shared vision and purpose behind our One-to-One Laptop Initiative, including a timeline, information about research and best practices of One-to-One, a summary of our past, present, and future, and links to news stories and presentations.
World Language Testing
Students can earn high school World Language credit through demonstrated proficiency on an approved test of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Technology Integration
Technology resources to help teachers engage their students in the classroom.


KSD Resources

Adopted Materials and Supplemental Support Materials for elementary schools.
Secondary Adopted Materials
Adopted Materials and Supplemental Support Materials for secondary schools.
Kent Virtual Library with links to other online research resources.
Secondary Course Catalogs
Click to access course catalogs for Middle Schools and High Schools.
Revised Graduation Requirements.
NCAA Eligibility
On the Kent School District home page, click the "For Families" tab. On the left sidebar, click "Course Catalogs."  Then click High School Interactive Course Catalog  to view all courses offered in high school in the district, as well as other pertinent information and programs.  Click the "Courses" tab to view course descriptions.  If a course is NCAA approved, it will be indicated in the headings above the course description for each course.  In addition, under the "Information" tab in the catalog is a section named "NCAA."  (Click Here)  to view it now. 
eFOLIOLite Information A program designed to store and organize high school students' required Culminating Project artifacts.


Washington State Educational Information

Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for general information about education in Washington state.
Information from OSPI on providing leadership, service and support for the development and implementation of research-based learning standards and curriculum to ensure that all learners achieve at high levels.
How OSPI measures school accountability.
General information about school demographics, student academic performance, and staff characteristics.