Kentucky’s 4th- and 8th-graders outperformed the nation in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in 2009, but the state needs to improve college enrollment, degree completion and other measures of education progress, a new Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) report shows.

The in-depth report, released by SREB at its annual meeting recently in West Virginia, outlines the state’s progress on the SREB Challenge to Lead Goals for Education. The goals were approved by a commission of the region’s leaders in 2002 and call for major improvements in K-12 student performance, college readiness and other key areas of education in Kentucky and 15 other SREB member states.

“Kentucky can be proud of its progress in education, but all policy-makers and education leaders in SREB states need to continue to make improving all points in the education pipeline a top priority,” said SREB President Dave Spence on the report’s release.

The full report is available at the link provided.