At issue are large high school graduation rates that have grown dramatically over time and don’t seem to match other data like the proportion of students who are considered college ready on the ACT.
EdWeek’s article seems to indicate that other states might be under examination, as well. Could Kentucky be one of those?
As our regular readers know, we have been raising serious questions about the obvious lack of quality control over diploma awards in the Bluegrass State’s school districts compared to college and career ready rates and proficiency rates on the state’s Algebra II End-of-Course test. The former comparison is relevant since the state has declared readiness as an education goal for Kentucky. The second comparison is also important because current Kentucky regulations stipulate that graduates will be competent in math through Algebra II.
See our latest series on high school graduation rate quality control problems for more.