Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Council on Postsecondary Education

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 22, 2007  
Contact Information:  Sue Patrick, Communications Director

(FRANKFORT, Ky.) –The Council on Postsecondary Education approved a regulation revision yesterday that raises the minimum requirements on the ACT college-entrance exam for students to be guaranteed admission to credit-bearing courses.

Effective in fall 2009, incoming freshmen will need a score of 19 in math and 21 in reading on the exam to be placed into a credit-bearing course. The current math and reading score is 18.

 “This is another important step toward upgrading the standards of education in Kentucky,” stated Council President Tom Layzell.

The increase in minimum scores is one of several recommendations that grew out of the Council’s Development Education Task Force’s Report, “Securing Kentucky’s Future: A Plan for Improving College Readiness and Success.”

Council officials project that the increase in scores may affect between 4,000-5,000 students. While more students will require developmental education or supplemental instruction at least initially, students who receive the help will have a much better chance of actually leaving with a degree. The Council’s previous reports show that students who fall below the state readiness standards are twice as likely not make it to their second year.

Under the change, institutions will continue to administer a subject placement test to all underprepared students as well as to increase the range of developmental support services available during their first term. Institutions will be required to continue developmental programs until students have demonstrated competence in the subject area and are placed in college-level coursework immediately following completion of their developmental courses.

            In other business, the Council recognized John Moriarity of Louisville who earned the highest GED score in Kentucky last year. Moriarity attends Louisville Technical Institute and plans to major in clinical psychology at Murray State University. Nationally, Moriarity was one of 75 persons honored out of 700,000 GED recipients.

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 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 8/23/2007