KDE and KHEAA work jointly
to identify and verify Early Graduation students. Schools may receive emails
and requests for information about Early Graduation directly from KHEAA.
Danny Prather is KHEAA’s
Early Graduation Scholarship Program Coordinator. You may contact Danny
with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (502) 696-7399. Please comply with any
request for data or information, whether it is from KDE or KHEAA, in a timely
note that students entering Early Graduation are not required to complete the
graduation criteria PRIOR to entry. Students enter the pathway and accomplish
the four EOC’s and the ACT - WHILE IN the program.
What is Early Graduation?
The Early Graduation regulation is a result of Senate Bill 61
(2013) and is a companion to Senate Bill 97 (2013). To summarize the
regulation, beginning in 2014-2015, Early Graduation will be possible for
students who intend to progress through high school on an accelerated timeline
and graduate college ready in three years or less of high school or age 18.
Early Graduation is a deliberate pathway for students that wish
to move on when ready, receive a diploma from the district and be eligible for
acceptance into Kentucky public universities and non-profit independent
colleges and universities. The regulation provides a financial scholarship,
known as the Early Graduation Certificate, to support this action.
For guidance and information please see the links in the blue box to the right.
Now approaching its second year of full
implementation, the first cohort of Early Graduates, roughly 100 students, have
received the “Early Graduation Scholarship” and are finishing their first year
of college as many of their peers are just finishing high school.
The second cohort will graduate from high
school in three years or less and like the first cohort, will begin their
college careers a year early.
Who are these students and where are they
attending college? The answer varies as students from all but 80 of Kentucky’s 173
districts have entered the Early Graduation pathway. The exciting news is that these
motivated and diverse set of students went on to attend over 27 different
colleges and universities in the state. Represented were large state university
systems and smaller private schools as well as thirteen different regional
The student success survey, begun in the
second year of implementation, is meant to gather data about the characteristics
of and reasons why students felt Early Graduation was a good fit for them.
Here is how 245 students who applied for Early
Graduation rated themselves on a “Grit” survey.
Early Graduation: 2016-2017
Changes and Important Notices
- All early graduates must be flagged by October
1st of the academic year in which they wish to graduate, there are no
exceptions to this deadline which is mandated by legislation.
- All early graduation students must pass ACT CPE
benchmarks. Other "readiness exams" will not be
- Not for every student- In the first year
345 students who entered Early Graduation – almost 26% or 90 students withdrew
from the accelerated program because they failed to meet the performance
criteria on the End of Course exams or ACT.
- All incoming Early Graduates will
need to take the online "student success survey"- This survey
will be used to further refine and collaborate with schools and districts about
supporting this legislation through trainings and/or communication. The
survey link is found on the Revised Intent Form.
- The Intent form is no longer to
be added to the ILP; copies of intent forms should
be kept in the student cumulative folder and signed copies given to the student
for their records.
- Students and their parents should obtain
college pre-admission requirements before meeting with counselors at the high
school- Schools and districts are encouraged to meet with every
potential student after the student their parents meet with a college
admissions counselor who will outline the pre-admissions requirements.
- District decisions such as class rankings,
commencement speakers, picture placement in the yearbook and privileges such as
senior parking are decisions to be made when students apply for Early
Graduation by school and district personnel and then communicated to EG
students and parents. The regulation outlines the criteria for and method
of establishing Early Graduation in school, but does not establish parameters
around other such decisions.