The new ACT scores are out, and that allowed me to update my long-running analysis of public school and non-public school student performance on this assessment. Here is how that looks.
This first table shows the performance over time for Kentucky’s public school students who took the ACT under the standard testing time conditions.
You will note that the scores dropped sharply in 2009, the first year that all Kentucky graduating seniors took the ACT. Prior to that year, only around three out of four graduates took this college entrance test.
Since 2009, the public schools have made fairly constant progress after a slight stumble in 2010. However, the rate of progress is still slow.
Now, here is how Kentucky’s private and home schools performed.
Note the trends in scores are different. Several years after the passage of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990, the other than public school students’ ACT scores in Kentucky started to drop, a process that continued until 1998. Since then, the other than public school ACT scores in Kentucky started a remarkable recovery. And, in 2013 these schools of choice hit their highest performance ever with an ACT Composite Score of 23.9, well above the statewide public school average.
Clearly, Kentucky’s few schools of choice (private schools and home schools) are doing a remarkable job. We just need more schools like them.