Education
1:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kentucky Moves to E-Transcripts, JCPS First To Use Districtwide

By the end of the year all high school students will have access to Kentucky’s new electronic transcript system and Jefferson County Public Schools will be the first to open the system district wide, officials announced Monday.

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The Kentucky Department of Education’s Chief of Staff Tommy Floyd says e-transcripts will offer a consistent process for partnering colleges and universities.

“It’s going to be a much better tool for students and hopefully streamline the process so that everyone can get their information to their higher education folks in a more strategic, effective way," he says.

Floyd says the new system is available to any high school student applying to one of the 45 Kentucky colleges that have signed on. Click here to see the list.

The Kentucky Department of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) are supporting the cost to implement the system statewide for the next five years.

To break it down: KDE threw in $100,000 for initial deployment. All the agencies are helping split the $33,000 cost for five years, and KHEAA will pay an additional $23,000 for private school costs.

There will be a $2 dollar charge when students apply to non-participating schools.

"It’s going to save mail time. It’s going to be one consistent format across the commonwealth. It’s fully integrated with the common application, or the common app, which is pretty widely recognized with higher ed folks, and it’s just going to be a much easier tool for students," Floyd says.

The system should be available statewide by the end of the year.

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