Graduation Rate Up In Ky., But Achievement Gap Persists

Dec 19, 2013

Kentucky's graduate rates jumped between 2011 and 2012, but the state lost ground in a number of other areas.

That’s according to a new report by the Council on Postsecondary Education.

The state-level accountability measure found that Kentucky exceeded targets a year ahead of schedule in the number of degrees and credentials conferred, graduate degrees, and transfers from community and technical colleges to four-year institutions.

Council president Bob King says significant gains were also reported in college readiness, an area state officials have singled out for special attention in recent years.

"We're seeing coming out of the high schools today an increasing number of students that are coming to us ready to take credit-bearing courses, which is very good news, and the impact of that is those students graduate at twice the rate of kids who come to us in need of some kind of remediation," King says.

Demand, however, has also been on the rise for need-based student aid for low-income students and the state has not been able to keep up. King says that translates to a lack of progress in closing the achievement gap that persists between minority and low-income students and their peers.