Transition Readiness

(Formerly College and Career Readiness)

A quality education from kindergarten through high school is crucial for children to build a firm foundation for future education and a productive adult life. Many factors affect the quality of support children are given in and outside of school, thereby influencing the quality of education a child receives. In particular, poverty affects a students’ health, ability to focus, and ultimately, their educational success. 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 high school students. The data below reflect students enrolled in public schools, and it describes whether they qualify as “transition ready” based on test scores and workforce credentials. More information on the definition of transition readiness can be found here.

Note: Kentucky changed the way readiness is measured between 2016 and 2017. Because of the differences between college and career readiness and transition readiness, data should not be compared from the two periods.

Trends Over Time

JCPS students perform well below the 25th percentile of KY public school students.

Note: Kentucky changed the way readiness is measured between 2016 and 2017. Because of the differences between college and career readiness and transition readiness, data should not be compared from the two periods.

Differences Based on Race

Neither JCPS nor the state of KY has progressed in reducing the gaps between racial groups for transition readiness. Asian and white students in JCPS and in KY public schools continue to perform higher in transition readiness compared to Hispanic and Black students in JCPS and across the state.

Note: Kentucky changed the way readiness is measured between 2016 and 2017. Because of the differences between college and career readiness and transition readiness, data should not be compared from the two periods.

Differences Based on Sex

Male and Female JCPS students have very similar transition readiness, though both groups perform very poorly compared to state averages.

Note: Kentucky changed the way readiness is measured between 2016 and 2017. Because of the differences between college and career readiness and transition readiness, data should not be compared from the two periods.

Differences Based on Free and Reduced Lunch Status

Within JCPS and within KY public schools, students who qualify for free or reduced lunch are less transition ready than their wealthier counterparts.

Note: Kentucky changed the way readiness is measured between 2016 and 2017. Because of the differences between college and career readiness and transition readiness, data should not be compared from the two periods.