Kentucky Graduation Rate Increases

The State Department of Education has some good news on the future of Kentucky's students. More high school students are staying in school, graduating and moving on to college.

Graduation rates among high school seniors increased from 82.86 percent during the 2004-2005 school year to more than 83 percent in the 2005-2006 school year.

The attendance rates also rose slightly over the same period.

The number of public high school students who went on to college jumped nearly a full percentage point, from 54 percent to 54.9 percent.

All three numbers are the highest since the state began reporting such data in 2001 as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The information was part of a report released by the Department of Education, detailing how the state is doing on non-academic issues.