Recent data released by the Kentucky Department of Education shows improvements in student performance, college/ career-readiness and the number of high school graduates.
“The business community of Kentucky is pleased with the positive results our students and teachers are demonstrating with the latest round of test scores,” Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson recently told the Collaborative for Student Success. “We stand behind our educators as they strive for higher student achievement. A few years ago, we predicted that tougher standards and more rigorous tests would initially lead to lower scores. But with another round of test scores released, we can see improvement that everyone has been hoping for and working toward.”
Overall student performance showed improvement from 2013 with the percentage of proficient and distinguished students increasing in most subjects at every grade level. Students in groups that have historically had achievement gaps also are performing at higher levels across multiple content areas and grade levels.
Additionally in 2014, the college/career readiness rate jumped to 62.3% – up from 54.1% last year and 47.2% in 2012. The four-year graduation rate is up as well – from 86.1% in 2012-13 to 87.4% in the 2013-14 school year.
“Our biggest challenge now is to stay the course,” said Adkisson. “Kentucky's tougher academic standards are leading to students being better prepared for going on to college and pursuing a career.”