Raising drop out age important step in ensuring more students are college/career ready

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday The recent “Diplomas Count” study certainly gave us something to celebrate in Kentucky. The Kentucky graduation rate for the Class of 2010 (the most recent data available for this report) was 77.2 percent – better than the national average of 74.7 percent. Kentucky ranked third in the nation for most improvement in the graduation [...]

By |2020-01-28T11:50:36-05:00July 2, 2013|

Fifty-four school districts adopt new attendance age

Within two days of the official implementation of the “Graduate Kentucky” bill to promote high school graduation, 54 Kentucky school districts have voted to increase their compulsory attendance age. On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Beshear, First Lady Jane Beshear, and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday challenged the state’s school districts to adopt the new policy, and the leaders are encouraged by the [...]

By |2020-09-23T15:06:07-04:00June 27, 2013|

The cost of not raising compulsory school attendance

Education Commissioner Terry Holliday Twenty-six million dollars is a big number. That is the amount some are estimating it will cost Kentucky taxpayers to raise the compulsory school attendance age from 16 to 18. I and the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) have counted such a change as a top priority in past legislative sessions. The 2012 session [...]

By |2020-01-28T12:00:01-05:00February 7, 2012|
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