The ACT scores for 2016 high school graduates were released today.
Thanks to heightened interest in the state’s achievement gap issues due to Common Core (see here, here and here for some examples), I decided to look at the trends in white minus black achievement gaps on this college-entrance test first.
This table summarizes what has happened to Kentucky’s white minus black ACT achievement gaps between 2013, the first year that ACT revised the way it reports score results, and the latest 2016 graduates’ results.
At best, there has not been any progress in reducing the gaps since ACT, Inc. changed its reporting format.
In fact, with gaps unchanged in three areas but actually increasing slightly in English and science, I think it’s fair to say that Kentucky’s largest minority student group experienced a slight achievement gap decay during the past three years.
More details on the gaps situation and Kentucky’s actual white and black ACT scores from 2013 to 2016 along with comments from Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt, are available by clicking on the “Read more” link to see those subject-by-subject breakdowns.