Kentucky Sees Soaring Success with Common Core
When Kentucky adopted Common Core in 2010, only 34% of high school graduates were college-and-career ready. Last year, that number was a whopping 62%. And that’s only the beginning of the good news. Test scores around the state and in virtually every grade have shown steady and impressive improvements. The graduation rate is up, reading scores are higher, and math scores continue to tend upwards. Here are some highlights of data from the Kentucky Department of Education:
- The percentage of Kentucky high school graduates meeting college and career readiness levels increased 8.2 percentage points in the most recent year of implementation: 2013-54.1%, 2014-62.3%
- The percentage of students meeting CPE benchmarks (guaranteed entrance to a credit bearing entry-level course in that subject at a state university without need for remediation) increased in every common core subject
- English: 2012-52.2%; 2013-53.1%; 2014-55.9%, an increase of 3.7 percentage points.
- Math: 2012-38.6%; 2013-39.6%; 2014-43.5%, an increase of 4.9 percentage points.
- Reading: 2012-41.9%; 2013-44.2%; 2014-47.1%; an increase of 5.2 percentage points.
- The data now shows a steady trend of increasing college and career readiness rates. 2011-38%; 2012-47.2%; 2013-54.1%; 2014-62.3%, an increase of 24.3%.
Kentucky was the first state to adopt the Common Core State Standards, and has worked aggressively to prepare teachers, parents and students for higher standards. Clearly their preparation and hard work continues to pay off.
Read the full press release from the Kentucky Department of Education.