Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 03, 2010  
Contact Information:  CPE Contact: Sue Patrick
Cell: 502-330-6596
KDE Contact: Lisa Y. Gross
Office: (502) 564-2015
Cell: (502) 330-5063


The Kentucky College and Career Readiness High School Feedback Report for the Class of 2008 shows substantial gains in college-going and college and career readiness levels of the 2008 high school graduates who subsequently enrolled in a college or university by fall 2008.

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority and the Kentucky P-20 Data Collaborative produced the report. All college‐going information in the report is for 2008 high school graduates who entered postsecondary education in the summer or fall of 2008 and not later.

“This report shows that we are making progress in the proportion of high school graduates choosing to attend college, and in the levels of readiness of students who enroll in college directly from high school,” said Council on Postsecondary Education President Bob King. “We are pleased with these gains, but we know that serious challenges remain. This report will help us identify where and how to make changes necessary to improve student success in the future. While we celebrate the improvement, we need to produce even greater improvement, faster,” he added.

Each high school report features comparative information at the school, district and state levels, and important characteristics including high school performance, in-state postsecondary enrollment characteristics, college readiness details, ACT score distributions of college-going students, and colleges and universities attended and college majors.

Reports are also available by school district, education cooperative regions, legislative districts, area development districts, public university areas of geographic responsibility and by KCTCS enrollment behavior clusters.

Key findings include:

  • Sixty-three percent of the 43,362 graduates of Kentucky’s public and private high schools in 2008 entered college by the fall semester, with 57 percent attending colleges and universities in Kentucky and an additional 6 percent attending out-of-state. This is a significant increase since 2004 in both the number of high school graduates and the percent going on to college. In 2004, 51 percent of the 41,328 high school graduates entered a Kentucky college or university.
  • Kentucky experienced a substantial increase in the college readiness of college entrants between 2002 and 2008. The percentage of students entering college straight from Kentucky’s high schools who required developmental education fell one-sixth, from 45 percent in 2002 to 38 percent in 2008. The proportion requiring remediation also fell in each subject. The percentage of students entering college not ready in English dropped the most, while the percentage in mathematics dropped the least.
  • Across the state, significant gaps in college going and college readiness are noticeable. Students fared better in urban and higher-income areas, and lower in rural and low-income areas, especially in eastern Kentucky.

The high school feedback report offers another view of college and career readiness than was presented in a recent KDE report. The KDE report examined college and career readiness of all graduates in the class of 2010, regardless of whether they entered college. The KDE report also used ACT results and industry recognized certifications, while the new report includes results from students who took the SAT and on-campus placement exams.

“This report is just one indicator of Kentucky’s plan to improve the preparation of our young people for postsecondary education and the workforce,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “These data show improvement over the past few years, but we still have a lot of work to do. We must have stronger expectations in high school and college, and this work does not belong just to those institutions. Every parent, school, teacher, business leader and politician in Kentucky must work together to impact the future for our children.”

The P-20 Data Collaborative will produce a follow-up report in early 2011 that will detail college performance of the class of 2008.

To view the reports and additional resources, visit the Council website at


    Last Updated 11/3/2010