School Improvement

Persistence to Graduation

Published: 9/25/2019 10:36 AM

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) provides a variety of supports to schools and districts to identify students who may be off-track for College and Career Readiness, promotion, and/or on-time graduation and provide interventions to support students until they earn a diploma. 

KDE is excited to announce the release of the Kentucky Department of Education Persistence to Graduation Briefs prepared in partnership with the American Youth Policy Forum. The publication consists of a full report and four individual practice briefs in the areas of: Alternative Education, Community Partnerships, Culture and Climate, and Student Transitions and Reengagement. The briefs highlight successful schools and programs throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky that promote high school graduation. The publication also (1) Explains Kentucky’s legislative reform efforts to lower dropout rates, leading up to their Persistence to Graduation Initiative; (2)  Includes multiple case examples representing promising and successful practices in rural, suburban, and urban programs, schools, and districts, as well with various student populations in traditional and alternative settings; (3) Identifies specific key strategies that are being used by each program, school, or district highlighted; and (4) Provides a checklist with questions for district leaders and educators to consider.

Information on Dual Credit Options

Information on Apprenticeships

Information on Individual Learning Plan

Information on New Civics Test Graduation Requirement

To stay up to date, join the Persistence to Graduation listserv.

​Judi Vanderhaar
Office of Continuous Improvement and Support
Division of Student Success
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-4772 Ext. 4044
Fax (502) 564-7820


KRS 158.145 - Findings and declarations on school dropout rate

KRS 158.146 - Establishment of strategy to address school dropout problem

KRS 159.010 - Age limits for compulsory attendance - notification and counseling prior to withdrawal - encouragement to reenroll after withdrawal

KRS 159.051 - No Pass/No Drive

KRS 159.030 - Exemptions from compulsory attendance

Federal Guidance

Joint Letter on Chronic Absenteeism​

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