On March 26, 2009, Governor Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 1 into law. This significant piece of legislation led to the implementation of several education initiatives impacting college readiness and degree completion in Kentucky.
Included in these initiatives was a mandate for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to develop a unified strategy to reduce college remediation rates of recent high school graduates by at least fifty percent by 2014 from the rates in 2010, and to increase the college completion rates of students enrolled in one or more remedial classes by three percent annually from 2009 to 2014. CPE and KDE have partnered to develop a unified strategic plan outlined below.
Four key strategies have been identified to promote college and career readiness and degree completion:
Accelerated Learning Opportunities (focusing on the expansion of AP/IB access and dual credit opportunities)
Secondary Intervention Programs (focusing on the development of transitional coursework)
College and Career Readiness Advising (focusing on the full implementation of the Individual Learning Plan and comprehensive advising programs)
Postsecondary College Persistence and Degree Completion (focusing on bridge programming, accelerated learning opportunities, and student support and intervention systems)
CPE and KDE have created cross-agency work teams that include KCTCS, four-year institutions and other external agency partners. These work teams have developed goals and action plans, identified useful resources, and determined expected outcome measures for each of the strategies, promoting readiness and degree completion. The teams also developed metrics to measure progress on each of the Senate Bill 1 (2009) goals. The agencies will partner with secondary and postsecondary institutions to implement the plan, with dates of implementation contingent upon available funding.
The activities of the work teams will be ongoing and represent a model of collaboration with a shared vision of having all students prepared for postsecondary and career success. Because of this work, more students will reach higher levels of proficiency and more students will be college and career ready.
It is important to note that this will be a fluid document, ever-changing and implemented as budget permits. This is a draft of the latest version of the document.
Draft of College and Career Readiness Unified Plan