Education

The number of high school seniors in the state going on to pursue bachelor’s and associate’s degrees has remained steady, according to two new reports from the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics.

The “Kentucky High School Feedback Report on College Going” and the “Kentucky High School Feedback Report on College Success” show that six in 10 graduates of public high schools in the state in 2014 enrolled in college and scored as being better-prepared for college courses. The figure was virtually identical in 2013.

Of those 2014 graduates, more than 50 percent were pursuing a bachelor’s degree and about 36 percent were seeking an associate’s degree.

Both the highest and lowest percentage of high school graduates attending college can be found in Jefferson County.

Dupont Manual High School has the highest percentage at 92 percent, while Valley Traditional High School has the lowest percentage at 33.9 percent.

Kate Akers, executive director for the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics, said the cabinet is particularly interested in the education to workforce pipeline.

“What we find are that students who do have additional training — whether it be a two-year technical degree or any other type of post-secondary or training at the secondary level — there are higher employment outcomes for those students,” Akers said.

The data also showed that more than 90 percent of 2014 graduates started out as full-time students, and about 9 percent attended an out-of-state college or university.