FRANKFORT – Data from the 2009-10 school year show that nonacademic indicators for Kentucky's public school students remained at levels similar to those reported for the 2008-09 school year. The overall high school dropout rate increased less than one-half a percentage point, from 2.89 percent in 2009 to 3.19 percent in 2010, according to a state Department of Education press release.
The school retention rate -- the percentage of students held back a grade -- decreased slightly, from 2.75 percent to 2.36 percent. School attendance rates also decreased slightly, from 94.18 percent to 94.05 percent.
The rate of successful transition to adult life decreased slightly from 2009 to 2010, but the percentage of public high school graduates who went on to college remained at about 56.4 percent in 2010.
Kentucky is moving to a new formula to calculate graduation rates, and to ensure data quality and integrity, a thorough review of school and district graduation rates is being implemented. Graduation rate data will be released in August 2011.