Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects



Additional Departmental Affiliation

School of Teacher Education

Document Type



Kentucky’s Public High School graduation rates vary widely across the rural and urban regions in the state. In addition to their graduation rates, each of these schools have their own unique demographics, funding, teacher-student ratio, etc. that define said school’s identity. This research aims to analyze the aforementioned variables, as well as other variables listed on each school state report card, in order to create a model to predict any school’s graduation rate.

In order to create this model, data was taken on all public high schools in Kentucky from the Kentucky Department of Education’s School Report Card. Data were then narrowed down to only schools that had data available for all categories in the research. This left only 223 schools of the original 1477 to study. Regression analysis was then performed in Microsoft Excel and the statistical program R in order to make a model to predict the schools’ graduation rates.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Nicholas Fortune, Ph.D.


Education | Mathematics