2016 ACT: KY Public School Only Achievement Gaps

We took a look last Wednesday at Kentucky’s ACT college entrance test achievement gaps computed across all the state’s students from public, private and home schools combined. The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) also released some data about the Kentucky public school graduates’ 2016 ACT performance, and that data allows a limited (Composite Score Only)…

Wow! Even Prichard Committee agrees: ACT scores show Kentucky needs more work!

The title of the Prichard Committee’s blog says it nicely. “ACT results show far too few Kentucky high school graduates have academic preparation they need for postsecondary pursuits.” No, we didn’t write this for them. But, we agree. Clearly, Kentucky needs some fresh ideas. While the Prichard Committee probably won’t ever include charter schools in…

2016 ACT: KY Public and Non-Public Scores

Our Wednesday, August 24, 2016 blogs only cover overall average scores for all students from public, private and home schools combined. Today, we dig deeper into the data, looking at performance over time separately for Kentucky’s overall student scores, public school only scores, and non-public school only scores (including both private and home school students…

BIPPS op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Leader: ACT scores reinforce need for charter schools

  Bluegrass Institute staff education analyst Richard Innes’ analysis in Thursday’s Lexington Herald-Leader of the latest ACT college-entrance test results released this week includes disaggregating the scores, which reconfirms both the seriousness of Kentucky’s white minus black achievement gap and the need for charter schools in the Bluegrass State, one of seven states without a…

Physics? Forget it in more than half of Kentucky’s high schools!

Education Week just reported on an astonishing study of the proportion of high schools in each state that offer high school physics. With all the “Happy Talk” we’re hearing from educators about getting kids ready for careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and given that physics is essential to enter those STEM careers,…

2016 ACT comparison for states that test all graduates – Composite Scores for Whites

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…

2016 ACT again shows you have to disaggregate scores to compare state-to-state results

Before we get into comparisons of the data between Kentucky and elsewhere on the just-released 2016 high school graduates’ ACT scores, I need to point out again why it’s important to break the data out by race when you compare relative state-to-state performance in education, ACT scores most definitely included. To explain why you have…

2016 ACT shows Kentucky’s achievement gaps slowly getting worse or staying stagnant

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…

More on the quality control problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas – Part 5

Last week I started this blog series, which shows why we’re concerned at BIPPS about the quality of high school diplomas being awarded in Kentucky. I looked at two separate indicators of diploma quality in each of Kentucky’s 168 school districts that have high schools. One approach analyzed the variation between high school diploma award…