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Kentucky Considers Exit Exams For High School Diplomas

Posted at 10:51 AM, Oct 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-03 11:15:40-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) – The state board of education and the education commissioner have spent the better part of this morning discussing the importance of “setting a bar”.

Currently, the Commonwealth does not have a minimum requirement for high school graduation, other than passing the required course load. The board is hoping to change that as their statistics show too many kids are receiving diplomas despite not being ready for college or the world. Today’s meeting is to determine if a new minimum standard will be established. Then if approved, they’d decide what that standard would ultimately become.

Board of Education member Rich Gimmel, a Louisville business owner, whose company offers training apprenticeships to students said, “This is Kentucky’s shame.  How did anyone let it get to this?”

Gimmel is referring to the large number of Kentucky ’s high school graduates who do not possess basic reading and math skills, yet receive a diploma.