Gaps and trends in Kentucky’s graduation rates and readiness rates for white and black students also problematic
I recently blogged about the overall trend in high school graduation rates found in Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning school accountability results for 2016. Now, we separately examine graduation rates for Kentucky’s whites and blacks. We also examine the white minus black graduation rate gaps and the changes in those gaps over time. As we did in that earlier, more general blog on all student graduation rates, we also take a look at the proportion of Kentucky’s whites and blacks who didn’t just get a piece of paper but actually got an education that effectively prepared those students for what comes next, either college or a career.
To briefly overview, while the official graduation rates for white and blacks have increased since the 2012-13 school term, there has been no notable improvement in the gap for white minus black graduation rates. However, when we look at the percentages of those graduates who were found to be college and/or career ready, the gap for whites versus blacks notably increased.
Furthermore, when we examine a far more credible graduation rate figure – namely the proportion of entering ninth grade students who leave high school after four years with an effective education that allowed them to qualify as college and/or career ready, the trend in the gaps gets even larger, resulting in blacks being left even farther behind.
Those who have the interest (courage?) to click the “Read more” link will find disturbing stories lurk behind the official numbers. Basically, the official numbers don’t begin to provide the full picture about dramatic slowdowns in improvement – especially for blacks – and the white minus black graduation rate disparities in Kentucky.