Fifth grade teacher Amy Kromer of Hebron is excited to start the new school year at Caywood Elementary in the Kenton County School District next week.
"When I started teaching my son was in first grade, so I could relate to my first grade students," she said. Now, her son is older and she's moving on to older students too. This is her first year teaching fifth graders and she says getting her room ready for them is totally different.
There are a few more spots left for Kentucky schools looking to take advantage of a $10,000 incentive to raise the drop-out age from 16 to 18. The first 96 districts to participate qualify - it's called the "Blitz to 96."
Kenton County is the latest to sign on. Superintendent Terri Cox-Cruey says the district has been looking at graduation rates for a while and is considering several ways to keep kids in school.
Kenton County Schools and Fidelity Investments say a partnership they started last year is paying off with higher test scores.
The two created a math mentoring curriculum aimed at using real world investing examples to help seventh grade students understand math concepts and get excited about math.
Northern Kentucky University researcher Kevin Corcoran says he was surprised to learn that, nationally, one third of seventh graders see standardized tests scores drop from the beginning to end of the year.