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 and PLAN tests from ACT, Inc. Today, we’ll look at test results from Kentucky’s statewide 11th grade testing using the ACT college entrance test. As with EXPLORE and PLAN, ACT 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 ACT 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 eleventh grade students with the ACT. 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.