††††† 11 KAR 15:090. Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) program.

 

††††† RELATES TO: KRS 154A.130(4), 164.7871, 164.7874, 164.7877, 164.7879, 164.7881, 164.7885, 164.7889

††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY: KRS 164.7874, 164.7877(3), 164.7879(1), (2), (3), 164.7881(4)(a), (c), (6)

††††† NECESSITY, FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 164.7877(3) requires the Authority to administer the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) trust fund. KRS 164.7874(16) requires the Authority to determine the KEES curriculum's courses of study. KRS 164.7879(3)(d) requires the Authority to determine the eligibility of a noncertified, nonpublic high school graduate and of a GED recipient for a supplemental award. KRS 164.7874(3) requires the Authority to establish a table to convert an SAT score to an ACT score. KRS 164.7881(6) requires the Authority to establish a five (5) year postsecondary education program standard. KRS 164.7881(4)(a) requires the Authority to establish overall award levels for the program. KRS 164.7879(2)(c) requires the Authority to determine eligibility for children of parents who are in the military and who claim Kentucky as their home of record. KRS 164.7881(4)(c) requires the Authority to identify equivalent undergraduate programs of study. This administrative regulation establishes those requirements relating to the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) Program.

 

††††† Section 1. Definitions. (1) "Academic term" means the fall or spring semester or their equivalence under a trimester or quarter system at a postsecondary education institution and shall not include summer sessions.

††††† (2) "Accredited out-of-state high school" means a high school that is:

††††† (a) Located in a state other than Kentucky or in another country; and

††††† (b) A member of an organization belonging to the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation.

††††† (3) "ACT" means the test:

††††† (a) Administered to a student for entrance to a Kentucky postsecondary education institution; and

††††† (b) Owned by the ACT Corporation of Iowa City, Iowa.

††††† (4) "Advanced placement" is defined by KRS 158.007(1).

††††† (5) "Course" means the equivalent of one (1) credit as determined by KDE in 704 KAR 3:305.

††††† (6) "Cumulative grade point average" means the total grade point average for a postsecondary education student as reported by the postsecondary education institution where the student is currently enrolled.

††††† (7) "Department of Defense school" means a school operated by the U. S. Department of Defense for the purpose of providing a high school education to a child whose custodial parent or guardian is in active military or diplomatic service in a state other than Kentucky or in another country.

††††† (8) "Enrolled" means the status of a student who has completed the registration requirements, except for the payment of tuition and fees, at a participating postsecondary education institution that the student is attending.

††††† (9) "Free and Reduced Price Lunch" means the National School Lunch program established by the United States Department of Agriculture to provide subsidized meals to lower income students.

††††† (10) "GED" means a general educational development diploma awarded to a student.

††††† (11) "International baccalaureate" is defined by KRS 158.007(10).

††††† (12) "KDE" means the Kentucky Department of Education authorized and established pursuant to KRS 156.010.

††††† (13) "SAT" means the test:

††††† (a) Administered to a student for entrance to a Kentucky postsecondary education institution; and

††††† (b) Owned by the College Board.

 

††††† Section 2. High School Grade Point Average Calculation and Reporting. (1) An eligible high school studentís grade point average for an academic year shall be calculated using each letter grade awarded for all courses taken during an academic year. The grading scale cutoff scores used to determine the letter grade for each course shall be the same as those used to determine the letter grade for each course reported on the studentís official high school transcript.

††††† (2)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subsection, an eligible high school studentís grade point average shall be calculated by:

††††† 1. Taking the number of units in a course multiplied by the course grade as expressed on a 4.0 point grading scale where 4.0 is an "A", 3.0 is a "B", 2.0 is a "C", 1.0 is a "D", and 0.0 is an "F";

††††† 2. Adding the total number of points accumulated for an academic year; and

††††† 3. Dividing the total number of points accumulated in subparagraph 2 of this paragraph by the total number of units for the academic year.

††††† (b) For an eligible high school student taking an advanced placement or international baccalaureate course during the academic year, the course grade assigned shall be calculated using a 5.0 point scale where 5.0 is an "A", 4.0 is a "B", 3.0 is a "C", 2.0 is a "D", and 1.0 is an "F".

††††† (3) The grade point average reported for an eligible high school student for each academic year shall include all information as set forth in KRS 164.7885(1) and be submitted to the authority in either an electronic or hard copy format.

††††† (4) A high school student who participated in an educational high school foreign exchange program or the Congressional Page School that was approved by the student's local high school shall have the student's grade point average reported in accordance with KRS 164.7879(2)(b).

 

††††† Section 3. High School Students of Custodial Parents or Guardians in Active Military Service. (1)(a) For purpose of determining eligibility under the provisions of KRS 164.7879(2)(c), a high school student shall establish that the custodial parent or guardian meets the requirements of KRS 164.7879(2)(c)1a and b and shall submit the "Home of Record Certification" to the Authority.

††††† (b) The Authority annually shall notify the eligible high school student and the custodial parent or guardian of the student's eligibility.

††††† (2)(a) A high school student, determined to be eligible for the KEES program under the terms of KRS 164.7879(2)(c) and subsection (1)(a) of this section, shall be responsible for:

††††† 1. Requesting grade and curriculum information from the local school; and

††††† 2. Requesting that the local school submit the information to the Authority using the "Curriculum Certification" Form and the "Data Submission" Form.

††††† (b) Upon receipt of curriculum and grade information from an accredited out-of-state high school or Department of Defense school for a student determined to be eligible for the KEES Program under this section, the authority shall:

††††† 1. Verify that the submitted curriculum meets the requirements of Section 4 of this administrative regulation;

††††† 2. Verify that the out-of-state high school or Department of Defense school is an accredited high school; and

††††† 3. Retain the "Curriculum Certification" on file until the studentís eligibility has expired.

 

††††† Section 4. Postsecondary Student Eligibility and KEES Curriculum. (1) A Kentucky postsecondary student shall be eligible to receive a base scholarship award if the student:

††††† (a) Has earned a base scholarship award in high school;

††††† (b) Has completed the KEES curriculum as set forth in subsection (2) of this section;

††††† (c) Has graduated from a Kentucky high school except as provided in Section 2(4) or 3 of this administrative regulation; and

††††† (d) Is enrolled in a participating institution in an eligible program.

††††† (2) Except as provided in subsection (4) of this section, the KEES curriculum shall consist of the curriculum standards established in 704 KAR 3:305

††††† (3) A student who graduates from high school at the end of the fall semester of his or her senior year and who meets the requirements of KRS 164.7874(7) shall be eligible to earn a KEES award for that year upon:

††††† (a) Completion of no fewer than three (3) courses of study; and

††††† (b) Satisfying the provisions of KRS 164.7879.

††††† (4) Except as provided in subsection (5) of this section, a high school may substitute an integrated, applied, interdisciplinary or higher level course for a required course or required academic and career interest standards-based learning experience if:

††††† (a) The course provides the same or greater academic rigor and the course covers or exceeds the minimum required content areas established in 703 KAR 4:060; or

††††† (b) The course is an honors course, cooperative education course, advanced placement course, international baccalaureate course, dual credit course, or a course taken at a postsecondary education institution.

††††† (5) Beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year, only one (1) cooperative education course per academic year shall count for purposes of satisfying KEES curriculum requirements.

††††† (6) A high school annually shall provide written documentation to a student on whether the studentís schedule of coursework meets the requirements of the KEES curriculum.

 

††††† Section 5. Eligible Postsecondary Education Programs. (1) An eligible program shall be a certificate or degree program offered by a participating institution and recognized by the Authority.

††††† (2) An eligible program at an out-of-state participating institution shall be limited to those programs that qualify through the Academic Common Market administered by the Southern Regional Education Board except as provided in subsection (4) of this section.

††††† (3) Pursuant to KRS 164.7881(6), the following academic programs at Kentucky postsecondary education institutions shall be approved as five (5) year baccalaureate degree programs:

††††† (a) Landscape architecture (04.0601); and

††††† (b) For students that graduated from high school not later than the 2004-2005 academic year, engineering if enrollment in the engineering program has been continuous (14.0101, 14201, 14.0301, 14401, 14501, 14.0701, 14.0801, 14.0901, 14.1001, 14.1201, 14.1301, 14.1401, 14.1701, 14.1801, 14.1901, 14.2101, 14.2301, 14.2401, 14.2801, 14.9999.01, 14.3501).

††††† (4) Pursuant to KRS 164.7881(4)(c)1, an academic program shall be designated as an equivalent undergraduate program of study if the student in the program of study:

††††† (a) Has not received eight (8) semesters of a KEES award;

††††† (b) Is classified by an institution as a graduate or professional student and is enrolled in one (1) of the following academic programs:

††††† 1. Pharm. D;

††††† 2. The optometry or veterinary medicine programs at an institution which is a part of the Kentucky Contract Spaces Program; or

††††† 3. A program contained on the Equivalent Undergraduate Programs List; and

††††† (c) Has not completed a baccalaureate degree.

 

††††† Section 6. SAT Conversion Table. (1) Pursuant to KRS 164.7874(3), the following SAT to ACT Conversion Table shall be used to convert scores for SAT exams taken prior to the 2011-2012 academic year:

Table C-2

Concordance Between SAT I Recentered V+M Score and ACT Composite Score

SAT I

V+M

ACT

Composite

SAT I

V+M

ACT

Composite

SAT I

V+M

ACT

Composite

SAT I

V+M

ACT

Composite

SAT I

V+M

ACT

Composite

1600

35-36

1370

31

1140

25

910

19

680

14

1590

35

1360

31

1130

25

900

19

670

14

1580

35

1350

30

1120

24

890

18

660

14

1570

35

1340

30

1110

24

880

18

650

13

1560

35

1330

30

1100

24

870

18

640

13

1550

34

1320

30

1090

24

860

18

630

13

1540

34

1310

29

1080

23

850

17

620

13

1530

34

1300

29

1070

23

840

17

610

13

1520

34

1290

29

1060

23

830

17

600

13

1510

34

1280

29

1050

22

820

17

590

13

1500

33

1270

28

1040

22

810

17

580

12

1490

33

1260

28

1030

22

800

16

570

12

1480

33

1250

28

1020

22

790

16

560

12

1470

33

1240

28

1010

21

780

16

550

12

1460

33

1230

27

1000

21

770

16

540

12

1450

32

1220

27

990

21

760

16

530

12

1440

32

1210

27

980

21

750

15

520

12

1430

32

1200

26

970

20

740

15

510

11

1420

32

1190

26

960

20

730

15

500

11

1410

32

1180

26

950

20

720

15

1400

31

1170

26

940

20

710

15

1390

31

1160

25

930

19

700

14

1380

31

1150

25

920

19

690

14

This table can be used to relate SAT I V+M scores to ACT Composite scores.

The estimates are based on the test scores of 103,525 students from fourteen (14) universities and two (2) states who took both the ACT and the SAT I between October 1994 and December 1996. Because the ACT and the SAT I have different content, studentsí actual scores on the ACT could differ significantly from the concordance estimates in the table.

Source: ACT, Inc. Questions about the concordance study may be directed to ACT's Research Division (319/337-1471).

January 1998

 

††††† (2) Pursuant to KRS 164.7874(3), the SAT to ACT Conversion Table included in this subsection shall be used to convert scores for SAT exams taken during or after the 2011-2012 academic year. Only the scores from the critical reasoning and mathematics sections of the SAT within a single exam administration shall be considered for KEES supplemental awards.

Table C-2

Concordance Between SAT I Re centered V+M Score and ACT Composite Score

SAT I

V+M

ACT

Composite

SAT

CR+M

ACT

Composite

SAT

CR+M

ACT

Composite

SAT

CR+M

ACT

Composite

SAT

CR+M

ACT

Composite

1600

36

1370

31

1140

25

910

19

680

14

1590

35

1360

31

1130

25

900

19

670

14

1580

35

1350

30

1120

24

890

18

660

13

1570

35

1340

30

1110

24

880

18

650

13

1560

35

1330

30

1100

24

870

18

640

13

1550

35

1320

29

1090

24

860

18

630

13

1540

35

1310

29

1080

23

850

17

620

13

1530

34

1300

29

1070

23

840

17

610

12

1520

34

1290

29

1060

23

830

17

600

12

1510

34

1280

28

1050

23

820

17

590

12

1500

34

1270

28

1040

22

810

16

580

12

1490

34

1260

28

1030

22

800

16

570

12

1480

33

1250

28

1020

22

790

16

560

12

1470

33

1240

27

1010

21

780

16

550

11

1460

33

1230

27

1000

21

770

16

540

11

1450

33

1220

27

990

21

760

15

530

11

1440

33

1210

27

980

21

750

15

520

11

1430

32

1200

26

970

20

740

15

510

11

1420

32

1190

26

960

20

730

15

1410

32

1180

26

950

20

720

15

1400

32

1170

26

940

20

710

14

1390

31

1160

25

930

19

700

14

1380

31

1150

25

920

19

690

14

This table can be used to relate SAT CR+M scores to ACT Composite scores.

The estimates are based on the test scores of 300,437 students who took both the ACT and the SAT CR+M between September 2004 and June 2006. Because the ACT and the SAT CR+M have different content, studentsí actual scores on the ACT could differ significantly from the concordance estimates in the table.

Source: ACT, Inc. Questions about the concordance study may be directed to ACT's Research Division (319/337-1471).

June, 2008

 

††††† Section 7. Criteria for Supplemental Award to Noncertified, Nonpublic High School Students and to GED Students. (1) A Kentucky resident who is a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States and who graduates from a nonpublic Kentucky high school not certified by the Kentucky Board of Education shall be eligible for a supplemental award if:

††††† (a) The student is not a convicted felon;

††††† (b) The date of the studentís graduation is May 1999 or thereafter;

††††† (c) The student takes the ACT or SAT and has at least a minimum score as established by KRS 164.7879(3); and

††††† (d) The student enrolls in a participating institution within five (5) years after graduation from high school.

††††† (2) A Kentucky resident who is a citizen, national or permanent resident of the United States and who has not graduated from either a certified Kentucky high school or a nonpublic Kentucky high school that is not certified by the Kentucky Board of Education shall be eligible for a supplemental award if:

††††† (a) The student is not a convicted felon;

††††† (b) The studentís 18th birthday occurs on or after January 1, 1999;

††††† (c) The student takes and receives a GED diploma in Kentucky within five (5) years of attaining eighteen (18) years of age;

††††† (d) The student takes the ACT or SAT and achieves a minimum score for eligibility as established by KRS 164.7879(3); and

††††† (e) The student enrolls in a participating institution after July 1, 1999, and within five (5) years of receiving the GED diploma.

††††† (3) A student who graduates from or attends an accredited out-of-state high school or Department of Defense school shall qualify for a supplemental award if:

††††† (a) The parents meet the provisions of KRS 164.7879(2)(c)1a and b;

††††† (b) The student takes the ACT or SAT and achieves a minimum score for eligibility as established by KRS 164.7879(3); and

††††† (c) The student enrolls in a participating institution within five (5) years of graduating from or attending the accredited out-of-state high school or Department of Defense school.

††††† (4) A student requesting a supplemental award under this section shall notify the participating institution where the student has or intends to enroll.

††††† (5)(a) Residency shall be determined by a participating institution in accordance with 13 KAR 2:045.

††††† (b) A participating institution shall determine a studentís eligibility for a supplemental award under this section and shall notify the Authority of the student's eligibility.

 

††††† Section 8. Supplemental Award. An eligible high school student who receives a supplemental award as a result of taking and receiving a GED within five (5) years of obtaining eighteen (18) years of age shall have a maximum of five (5) years eligibility beyond the date the GED is received.

 

††††† Section 9. Supplemental Award for Achievement on Examinations. (1) Pursuant to KRS 164.7879(3)(c), a supplemental award shall be provided for achievement on Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations to an eligible high school student whose family was eligible for free and reduced price lunch during any year of high school.

††††† (2)(a) An eligible high school shall report the status of each student as eligible or ineligible for free and reduced price lunch to the Authority on an annual basis.

††††† (b) In determining a high school studentís free and reduced price lunch eligibility, the high school shall utilize the income eligibility guidelines published each year by the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.

 

††††† Section 10. Administrative Responsibilities and Expenses of Program. (1) The Authority annually shall determine the level of funding for expenses associated with the program and shall allocate funds from the "Wallace G. Wilkinson Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship Trust Fund" described in KRS 164.7877(1) and (3).

††††† (2) The Authority annually shall adopt a budget proposal indicating the amount of funds available and a detailed listing of the expenditures necessary to operate the program.

††††† (3) The Authority shall develop an allotment schedule for the release of the administrative funds.

 

††††† Section 11. Incorporation by Reference. (1) The following material is incorporated by reference:

††††† (a) "Home of Record Certification", June 2005;

††††† (b) "Curriculum Certification", June 2005;

††††† (c) "Data Submission", June 2005; and

††††† (d) "Equivalent Undergraduate Programs List", June 2005.

††††† (2) This material may be inspected, copied, or obtained, subject to applicable copyright law, at the Authority, 100 Airport Road, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (25 Ky.R. 1479; Am. 1903; 2122; eff. 3-1-99; 27 Ky.R. 1321; 2422; eff. 3-19-2001; 28 Ky.R. 124; 552; eff. 9-5-2001; 29 Ky.R. 171; 744; 906; eff. 10-7-2002; 29 Ky.R. 2717; 30 Ky.R. 14; eff. 7-17-2003; Recodified from 13 KAR 2:090, 6-15-2005; 32 Ky.R. 456; eff. 10-7-2005; 35 Ky.R. 1840; 1999; eff. 4-3-2009; 38 Ky.R. 64; 476; eff. 10-7-2011; 40 Ky.R. 84; eff. 9-9-2013; 1313; eff. 3-7-2014.)