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It is critical that parents and students begin very early in the school career to ensure the students are on track for college- and career-readiness. In Kentucky, we begin providing this information as early as 3rd grade. - Dr. TERRY HOLLIDAY
By Dr. Terry Holliday
Kentucky Commissioner of Education
FRANKFORT, KY (September 6, 2013) -This week, I reviewed a report issued by the American Institute for Research titled "Higher Education Pays; But a Lot More for Some Graduates Than for Others." The report underscored the point that the success we have with our focus on college- and career-readiness will have a big impact on the long range economy of Kentucky and the future of our high school graduates.
Students who do not graduate with the skills needed to be successful in college and careers, often have to take remedial courses for which they do not receive college credit. Furthermore, many of these students borrow money to take these courses. Currently, the student loan debt is over $1 trillion and increasing every year. This debt burden will have a negative impact on our national and state economy and on the future of these high school graduates.
The core problem is that many students and parents do not know what it takes to be college-and career-ready. In addition, many students do not know the potential earnings for careers before they enroll in a postsecondary program and before they take on loans to pay for it. The report offered four important lessons that parents and students should know.
Also, it is critical that parents and students begin very early in the school career to ensure the students are on track for college- and career-readiness. In Kentucky, we begin providing this information as early as 3rd grade.
In the next few weeks, parents will receive student test scores which show college- and career-readiness. No matter what level the child is in school, this is an excellent time to have a conversation with your student about college- and career-readiness expectations and to lay the groundwork for postsecondary education options.
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