Three Takeaways From the New Harvard Report on Kentucky Public Schools

August 19, 2015

The SDP College-Going Diagnostic for Kentucky is featured in the following WFPL news article.

A new data tool from Harvard University is providing more specific insights into student performance at Kentucky’s public schools.

The Strategic Data Project uses information provided by the state Department of Education from 2011 and 2012 to track and analyze high school students’ progress as they entered school, graduated and attended college. The project assesses four markers of achievement: the pathway from high school to college, high school graduation rates, college enrollment and whether students stuck with higher education.

The data — which drills down to the performance of individual schools — is not new. But its presentation and accessibility are innovations in the state.

“Data can really help zero in on what the problems are and the barriers are that we should be focused on by school,” said Mary Gwen Wheeler, executive director of 55,000 Degrees, a public-private partnership that seeks to increase college readiness in Louisville. “It’s important not to see this as a one-size-fits-all solution, and that’s where this really helps.”


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