Kentucky’s public education system continues to face a number of problems, but one of the most serious problems involves the state’s chronic white minus black achievement gaps. We previously examined long term gap trends from the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the EXPLORE tests from ACT, Inc. Today, we’ll look at more test results from the ACT, namely the 10th grade PLAN results. As with EXPLORE, the PLAN data disaggregated by race is only available from 2012, so we have three years of data from this assessment where the scores are broken out by race.
The first graph is for PLAN English results. The white minus black score gap grew on this assessment between 2011-2012 and 2013-14.
Don’t forget, unlike the situation with the NAEP, Kentucky tests all tenth grade students with the PLAN. There are no sampling errors in the scores above, and though the changes are small, this is a real deterioration in gap performance.
Click the “Read more” link to see the results for other subjects.