January 13, 2015
“The Art of the Possible: Kentucky College Readiness Gains Show Improvement Can Happen Fast”
Huffington Post

“Kentucky’s students, educators and policymakers are proving that rapid educational improvement is possible when an entire state focuses on what is really important — high academic standards. The rest of the country should take note of what’s happening in the Bluegrass State.

Earlier this year, a study by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) recognized Kentucky’s role as a national leader in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Now, new reports from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education show the Commonwealth’s commitment to high standards and clear expectations is paying off with unprecedented gains in college and career readiness.

According to the reports, the percentage of Kentucky high-school graduates who met college readiness standards nearly doubled in the past five years and has climbed from 31.8 percent to 62.3 percent. Not surprisingly, this steep gain coincided with the state’s successful implementation of new K-12 standards that were established in partnership with higher education.”

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