Kentucky had 86 percent graduation rate in 2012-13
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2015) — Kentucky has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country. For the 2012-13 school year Kentucky had an 86 percent graduation rate, the fourth highest rate in the country and 10th best overall, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
The U.S. average was 81 percent, led by Iowa with a 90 percent graduation rate. Nebraska, New Jersey, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Texas were at 88 percent, Indiana, New Hampshire and Vermont at 87 percent and Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Tennessee joined Kentucky at 86 percent.
“This data reflects ongoing efforts that have been underway to keep students in school so they have a better opportunity to become college/career-ready,” said Kentucky Department of Education commissioner Terry Holliday. “In the past four years we have not only increased the graduation rate, but also the college/career-readiness rate of our students, which now stands at 62.4 percent, up from 34 percent in 2010. That’s solid proof that we are on the right course and Kentucky is better preparing our children for postsecondary education and training than we ever have before.”
According to the most recent data from the 2013-14 school year, Kentucky’s graduation rate improved to 87.5 percent.