Education Commissioner Optimistic About Student Test Scores

Sep 3, 2013

Credit Lexington Herald Leader

This year, Kentucky public schools could post their best results ever in two major categories the state measures for overall student progress.   Education Commissioner Terry Holliday calls 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 Holliday

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.