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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A new reports shows that Kentucky students posted major improvements in the classroom.
On Tuesday, Gov. Steve Beshear and Education Commissioner Terry Holliday released a progress report on the state of education in Kentucky. They're touting an 86% high school graduation rate for the state in 2013, which is among the highest in the nation. College and career readiness scores improved by 7 points, though they still show only 54 percent of students prepared for success after high school.
Transformational change is what we're seeing," Beshear said Tuesday. "This is a huge change for Kentucky."
Specific data in core subjects, broken down by district and individual schools, will be made public on September 27th. "We are predicting that next week you see improvements in reading, math, science and social studies, all across the board," Holliday said.
It's welcomes news to Beshear. He admits at times Kentucky's educational progress has been embarrassing and even cringe-worthy when compared to the rest of the country. Reforms started in 2009. Senate Bill 1, made classes more rigorous and better prepared teachers to teach.
WDRB's Gilbert Corsey spoke specifically about Jefferson County Public Schools with Education Commissioner Holliday because the district is home to 18 of the state's 41 lowest achieving schools. Holliday said, "We're predicting 10 of the 18 schools made good progress. There are schools in Jefferson County that you'll see have gone from the bottom five percent to the upper quartile."
Holliday said Fern Creek High School is one of them. Teacher Joseph Franzen said teachers have been talking about the scores on campus but don't yet officially know the gains. Franzen said, "It's definitely an affirmation of our work but not so much a relief because with teaching there's never an end."