According to the study by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, of 100 ninth graders who enter high school in Kentucky, only 68 graduate. Of those 68, only 39 go on to college.
In the report, the committee recommends more opportunities for students to participate in post-secondary classes while still in high school.
Gary Fields, the principal of Bowling Green High, says through Advanced Placement Courses, students already have the opportunity to receive college credit and more opportunities are on the horizon.
Fields says: "Next year we're going to be able to offer three courses the students can take here and also receive credit at Western Kentucky University."
Fields also says his school is part of the Successful Practice Network, a group of schools that pool their resources and discuss ideas that work for various school districts.
For more information on the Prichard Committee's report, you can log onto www.prichardcommittee.org.