Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 16, 2011  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596

Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education, announced today that 10,294 Kentuckians earned GEDs during FY2010-11 that ended in June, representing a 10 percent increase from the 9,357 diplomas awarded from the previous year.

Not only did more students earn GEDs, the pass rate of test takers also increased from 80 percent to 83 percent.

Council President Bob King said, “This is great news for Kentucky, and we applaud these graduates who are now better prepared for the workforce or to transition to college.”

Officials attribute the annual increase in GEDs to free testing offered during April, May and June as well as ongoing efforts by local adult education programs in all 120 counties.

“The free testing program was a huge success,” stated Reecie D. Stagnolia, vice president, Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE). “Kentucky’s GED attainment numbers were actually lagging in March, so the free testing gave hundreds of Kentuckians the extra incentive they needed to earn their GED. We couldn’t be more pleased with their aspirations and achievements as well as the hard work by adult educators across the state in preparing adults to be successful.”

Kentucky Adult Education paid the $55 test fee for test-takers during the three-month period.

In 11 years, 116,142 Kentuckians have earned a GED. Even with this progress, the numbers show the need is still great with 414,338 Kentuckians, or 15 percent of the working-age population age 18 to 64, lacking a high school credential or GED.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Census 2007, the earnings difference between a high school graduate/GED graduate and a high school dropout is $8,721.

The GED provides adults who did not finish high school with the opportunity to certify their attainment of high school-level academic knowledge and skills. Free GED classes are available through local adult education programs in all 120 Kentucky counties.

Kentuckians interested in taking advantage of free classes should contact the adult education center in their county to discuss how to get started. To find the local adult education center, call (800) 928-7323 or visit


We believe in the transformative power of postsecondary education. Stronger by Degrees, the new strategic agenda for Kentucky’s colleges and universities and adult basic education, is powering a stronger Kentucky economy and improving the lives of Kentuckians. To learn more about Stronger by Degrees, visit


Last Updated 8/16/2011