Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Strategy 1: Raise High School Graduation Rates

In 2006, there were 58,000 ninth-graders in the state but only 40,000 seniors.Kentucky must increase the number of high school graduates to 48,000 in 2020.
Statewide tactics
  • Expanded opportunities for students to earn college credit during high school and lessen time-to-degree.
  • More intervention programs for middle and high school students to identify and remedy gaps in their preparation for college.
  • A redesigned Web site ( where Kentuckians can efficiently plan for college and complete admission and financial aid applications online.
2020 statewide targets
  • Increase the number of high school graduates from 40,000 to 48,000.
  • Raise the percent of high school freshmen who graduate four years later from 72 percent to 81 percent.


Last Updated 11/8/2007