Bluegrass Policy Brief: Kentucky Education’s shaky ‘college and career ready’ numbers cast doubt on claims of progress
By Richard G. Innes, staff education analyst
Kentucky’s recently retired Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday, spent his final day on the job tooting his own horn to the Kentucky School Advocate about improvements in his “college and career ready” statistics.
The numbers Holliday cites certainly have risen sharply. In fact, what currently are correctly described as college and/or career ready statistics (hereafter, just college/career ready) rose again in 2015. So did the reported high school graduation rates, as the Kentucky Department of Education gleefully reported at the top of their Media Advisory on the 2015 Unbridled Learning Results.
But, is this picture really accurate? Do Kentucky’s schools deserve to be, “…congratulated for their continued progress on graduating more students with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in the 21st century,” as Interim Kentucky Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown claims?