Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education and Kentucky Department of Education

Press Release Date:  Monday, April 02, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick
502-573-1555 ext. 308

KDE Contact: Lisa Gross
Phone: (502) 564-2000

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The High School Feedback Report for the Class of 2004 released today by the Council on Postsecondary Education offers a broad range of information about college preparation and participation of Kentucky’s 2004 high school graduates. Produced collaboratively with data collected by the Council, the Kentucky Department of Education, the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority, ACT, Inc. and The College Board, the report examines students’ performance during their first two years of college in Kentucky.

“We are gratified by this unprecedented level of collaboration among our state agencies,” said Kevin Noland, interim Kentucky education commissioner. “We hope it stimulates community conversations about the support that school and district leaders need to improve the college participation and success rates of Kentucky’s high school graduates.”

Substantial improvements have been made to the report since the Council last published it in 2006. This year’s report uses students’ highest ACT scores, rather than their most recent, and for the first time includes the graduation rates of each high school and the average high school grade point average for all 12th graders.

Each high school report features comparison info at the school, district and state levels and important school statistics such as ACT and Advanced Placement test-taking and success. With a more user-friendly format, the report is designed to be a tool for data-based decision-making at the local and state levels.

Statewide data included in the report shows 81 percent of students graduate high school and 51 percent enroll in a Kentucky college or university. Of those students that enroll in college, 95 percent attend full-time and 64 percent enter a bachelor’s degree program.

The report also details how the class of 2004 performed in their first two years of college. Eighty-nine percent of students returned for a second semester and the mean grade point average at the end of their first year was 2.3. Statewide findings show 79 percent returned for their second year.

“It is critical to Kentucky’s future economic success that we understand how students are moving through the education pipeline,” said Tom Layzell, president of the Council on Postsecondary Education. “This effort underlines the need for a comprehensive, statewide P-20 data warehouse that would bring together information from all education agencies to create a seamless system of education in the Commonwealth.”

KHEAA’s participation in the report also provides information about the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship Award program for the first time. The report shows Kentucky students earned an average KEES award of $1,054.

“Combining data from all three agencies helps us begin to make important connections between financial aid, academic preparation and college success,” said Edward Cunningham, executive director of KHEAA.

To view the High School Feedback Report for the Class of 2004, visit the Council Web site at


Kentucky’s postsecondary and adult education system is improving the economic vitality of the Commonwealth and the lives of Kentuckians. By raising educational attainment to the national average by 2020, Kentucky will attract higher wage and knowledge-based business and industry and the overall quality of life for Kentuckians will improve with higher incomes and levels of employment, better health, less obesity, more volunteerism, and lower crime and public assistance rates.



Last Updated 4/2/2007