WKU Public Radio News Staff
Tue September 3, 2013
Kentucky Education Commissioner Says Early Test Results Promising
This year, Kentucky public schools could post their best results ever in two major categories the state measures for overall student progress.
State Education Commissioner Terry Holliday is calling the early results promising.
The Kentucky Department of Education implemented its new accountability system in 2012. So this will be the first time Kentucky can measure its results against a previous year.
Holliday says in a couple of weeks he expects to make public the state’s graduation and college-and-career readiness rates. Both are a large part of how Kentucky determines successful students.
“The results this year are probably going to show the highest graduation rate and highest rate of college-career graduates in the history of Kentucky public schools," said the Education Commissioner.
Holliday says local districts and schools are still confirming their data but the results look promising.
Last year, just under half of Kentucky public school students were college and career ready and the graduation rate was 78 percent. This year, the formula used by the state to calculate graduation rates is changing to a more accurate count that’s being used by all other states.