I wrote recently about the fact that Kentucky’s recently reported high school graduation rates might be more due to social promotion than real improvement in education. That first blog in this series looked at overall statewide averages for a statistic we have developed called the Transition Ready Graduation Rate (TRGR). This shows the proportion of entering 9th grade students who graduate on time with more than just a piece of paper, ready to transition to the next phase of their lives.
The earlier blog shows that statewide only about 59 (58.7) out of every 100 entering 9th grade students who became the Class of 2019 graduated from high school with an education that allowed them to qualify for at least one of about a dozen different ways they could be considered ready to transition to the next phase of their lives. That’s a TRGR of only 58.7%. NOT IMPRESSIVE!
Things get even more unsatisfactory when we drill down to look at each Kentucky public high school’s TRGR. I set up an Excel spreadsheet you can view by clicking here to see that information sorted in several different ways. But, one of the most disturbing examples is exemplified by this table, which shows the high schools that reported a top-of-the-list 4-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate of 100%.
A 100% graduation rate really sounds great, but – oh, boy – does the real picture vary for some of these 11 schools once we consider their TRGR and the difference between the officially reported ACGR and the TRGR.