More High School Graduates
The 2015 Building a Grad Nation report shows that Kentucky’s overall adjusted cohort graduation rate is 86.1 percent, the tenth highest in the nation. The report, based on 2013 data, is released annually by the Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University. The national high school graduation rate hit a record high of 81.4 percent. Kentucky is one of only two states that graduate 85 percent or more of its low-income students on time.
More Students Ready for College & Careers
Kentucky’s standards are aligned with college and career expectations, and the state has seen a steady increase in the college and career readiness of high school students since the standards were implemented. In 2015, the rate was 62.8 percent.
Growing a stronger workforce
By 2020, 57 percent of jobs in Kentucky will require a postsecondary credential. However, only 32 percent of adults in the state currently have such a credential. That means there is a 25 percent skills gap – clear evidence of the need to raise the achievement of our students.
The Cost of Repeal
Changing Kentucky’s academic standards would require replacing them and training educators all over again on a new approach. That would cost the state an estimated $35 million at the minimum.