College and Career Readiness

A quality education from kindergarten through high school is crucial for children to build a firm foundation for a successful college career 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 “college and career readiness,” in alignment with the efforts of 55,000 Degrees. Louisville has a target goal of 100% college and career readiness among graduating high school students. The data below reflect students enrolled in public schools.

Trends Over Time

JCPS is falling behind the state public school system when it comes to college and career readiness. The percentage of students deemed college and career ready decreased by over 10 percentage points in a period of two years from 2016 to 2018. JCPS students also perform below the 25th percentile of KY public school students.

Differences Based on Race

Since 2016, public school students in the four largest racial groups experienced a decrease in college and career readiness. This trend is seen in JCPS and statewide. White and Asian students continue to have much higher levels of college and career readiness than Hispanic students and African American students. The gaps between each racial group have remained roughly the same size.



Differences Based on Sex

College and career readiness among public school students reached a high in 2016. Since then, the percentage of college and career ready men and women in JCPS has fallen more than the percentage for each group in the rest of Kentucky.

Differences Based on Free and Reduced Lunch Status

Students qualifying for free or reduced lunch in Kentucky public schools continue to show better college and career readiness than their JCPS counterparts. This gap appears to be widening. Since 2015,  JCPS students who do not qualify for free or reduced lunch have also fallen behind their state counterparts.