Now that I explained in an earlier blog why you cannot get a good picture of Kentucky’s true performance on the ACT college entrance test versus other states by only looking at overall average scores, let’s examine how the Bluegrass State’s white students stacked up against whites in the 17 other states where 100 percent of the graduates took this test in 2016. Information on which states did 100 percent testing is found on Pages 14 and 15 in the ACT’s “Condition of College & Career Readiness 2016, Nation” report.
It’s important to do such comparisons only with states like Kentucky that test all students, as in many states the ACT is an optional test selected by students and there’s no valid random sample-type score data available for those states.
It’s also important to break the data out by race, as we explained in our previous blog that examined the Kentucky and Louisiana 2016 scores.
The following graph tells part of the story about Kentucky’s performance.
At first look, you might be pleased that Kentucky, while ranking fairly low, isn’t at the bottom of the heap for 2016. However, some things are going on that moderate this picture a bit. Click the “Read more” link to see how Kentucky matches up against states that have similar levels of experience with 100 percent testing of graduates with the ACT.