Education is the foundation on which a greater Louisville will be built and is the anchor of GLP’s Deep Drivers. Our data suggest that by raising Louisville’s persistently low levels of educational attainment–growing the bachelor’s degree attainment rate to 40% and associate degree attainment to 10% by 2020–our city will be positioned to thrive in a 21st-century economy. We know that in order to achieve these goals we must also reduce our high school dropout rate, improve our college readiness, and ensure access to high-quality early childhood education.

Early Care & EducationCurrent: 52% | Goal: 77%


Early childhood education captures the quality of and access to educational investment for kids under 6 years old. Research suggests addressing childhood education is a critical factor in improving the educational attainment and socioeconomic transition of low-income communities. Measuring early childhood education access gives insight into the factors impacting children and adults in poverty, allowing a multiperspective approach to understanding the obstacles facing low income families. The metric associated with early childhood education is “kindergarten readiness,” in alignment with the Ready for K Alliance. Louisville has a target goal of 77% of children kindergarten ready by 2020.


    Kindergarten Readiness

    Children Ages 3 and 4 Enrolled in Preschool

    Children Under 5 in Poverty

K-12 SuccessCurrent: 53% | Goal: 100%


The successful experience of and access to quality education from kindergarten to senior year is crucial for children to gain a firm foundation of fundamentally required skills a successful college career—and for many—for a productive adult life. A singularly important factor affecting success is the experience of poverty during the K-12 education period, which can affect a student’s ability to focus, their health, and the the quality of education received. The metric associated with K-12 success is “transition readiness,” in alignment with the efforts of 55,000 Degrees. Louisville has a target goal of 100% transition readiness among graduating students.


    NAEP Reading Scores

    NAEP Math Scores

    Transition Readiness

    ACT Scores

    High School Graduation Rate


    Summer Melt

    Children Ages 5 to 17 in Poverty

Postsecondary EducationCurrent: 35% | Goal: 40%


Postsecondary education is a singular factor in determining the lifetime earning potential of the average American. The difference in potential earnings is staggering, making it a critical variable in combatting multidimensional poverty. Estimating not only educational attainment but also employment success is crucial in understanding the impact of a successful K-12 educational system. The metric for postsecondary education is percent of working age adults with a bachelor’s degree. Louisville has a target goal of 40% of working age adults obtaining a bachelor’s degree or higher. Learn more about this metric.


    Associate Degree or Higher, Ages 25-34

    Associate Degree or Higher, Ages 25-64

    Bachelor's Degree or Higher, Ages 25-34

    Bachelor’s Degree or Higher, Ages 25-64

    Graduate or Professional Degrees Ages 25-34

    Graduate or Professional Degrees, Ages 25-64


    Population in High Wage Occupations

    Undergraduate Enrollment

    Retention Rate

    Postsecondary Graduation Rate

    Degree Completions

    Net Price