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 2

Yesterday, we took a look at how the latest high school graduation rates in Kentucky’s school districts match up, or don’t match up, to proficiency rates on the state’s Algebra II End-of-Course Exam. We learned that there are notable discrepancies for most school districts when common sense would indicate there should be fairly close agreement…

More on the quality control problems with Kentucky’s high school diplomas – Part 1

We posted a press release yesterday about disturbing evidence the Bluegrass Institute has collected that the quality control for Kentucky’s high school diploma is very inconsistent across the state’s school districts. Today, we dig deeper into a portion of the data in one of the Excel spreadsheets included with that press release. We are going…

News release: The uneven quality of Kentucky’s high school diplomas

(LEXINGTON, Ky.) – Even as some cheer about a recent Johns Hopkins University report that claims Kentucky leads the nation for low-income students’ high school graduation rates, new research from the Bluegrass Institute raises very serious questions about the quality control behind those impressive looking numbers. In fact, it looks like thousands of the Bluegrass…

Credibility gap for Johns Hopkins graduation report deepens

Erroneous data in report misrepresents performance in several Kentucky school districts I have already written here and here about credibility problems with the recently released “For All Kids, How Kentucky is Closing the High School Graduation Gap for Low-Income Students” from Johns Hopkins University and Civic Enterprises. This week the report’s credibility slipped even more.…