Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

GED Testing Service recognizes 2004 Kentucky top scorer

Release Date: June 17, 2005
Contact: Sue Patrick
Phone: 502-573-1555 ext. 308

“…I have the ability to succeed in college,” says college-bound GED graduate

(Frankfort KY) – A Louisville resident is the Kentucky recipient of the GED National Award for Outstanding Achievement. James Meyer received this national recognition for achieving the highest GED score in Kentucky, earning 3,750 out of 4,000 possible points. He was one of nine Kentucky students to score over 3,700. He earned his GED through the adult education program at Jefferson County Public Schools.

Meyer says the hard work is already paying off.

“The work it takes to attain the GED is a solid affirmation to yourself and to the world that you’re worth something,” said Meyer. “I wanted to get the GED because I knew it was a good first step toward a college education. Because I didn’t complete high school, the GED seemed a great alternative to prove that I have the ability to succeed in college.”

Meyer, who is pursuing a degree in the field of psychiatry or psychology, was recognized at last month’s Council on Postsecondary Education meeting for his high score and as a stellar example of how GED graduates can transition successfully to college. He plans to continue his education full-time this fall at Jefferson Community College where he is registered for 15 credit hours. In pursuit of his educational goal, he completed three online learning classes this spring through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System via the Kentucky Virtual University and received all A’s, he said.

Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education, works with adult education providers statewide to increase the number of Kentuckians ready for postsecondary education. One of the key avenues to achieve this goal is GED attainment.

“In Kentucky, we believe it’s not enough to simply ‘go back and get your GED’,” said Dr. Cheryl King, vice president of Kentucky Adult Education. “The GED is not a finale, but a beginning. To truly succeed, Kentuckians must go higher.”
Council President Tom Layzell said that a key focus of the Council’s public agenda is to prepare adults for postsecondary study.

“The long-term goal of the public agenda is to raise the standard of living and quality of life in the Commonwealth above the national average by the year 2020,” stated Layzell. “Toward that goal, we must recruit more adults into the educational pipeline through the GED program and help them transition to college fully prepared to succeed.”

Kentucky is making progress in both GED attainment and transitioning GED graduates to postsecondary education.  By fall 2004, 19 percent of fiscal year 2002 GED graduates were enrolled in postsecondary education, an increase from 11 percent in 1997.

The progress Kentucky is making in GED attainment is nationally recognized. In both 2001 and 2002, Kentucky ranked in the top five states in GEDs awarded as a percent of all high school completers. Also in 2002, Kentucky ranked 20th in the percentage of non-high school completers earning a GED.

Kentucky GED testing centers tested more than 14,000 candidates in 2004 and awarded more than 10,000 GED high school equivalency diplomas. From 2000 to 2004, 60,315 Kentuckians earned their GEDs.

Kentucky's postsecondary education system encompasses eight public institutions and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, numerous independent institutions and Kentucky Adult Education. The system represents 231,612 students, 538,866 Kentucky alumni and 294,896 GED recipients. When Kentuckians earn postsecondary degrees, their skills improve and their wages go up; they are more likely to lead healthy lives and be engaged in their communities; and they build better futures for themselves and their families.


Last Updated 8/3/2005