Sunday, January 25, 2009
In three of four subjects, Kentucky's 2008 high school graduates who took the ACT came within one-tenth of a point of national average scores. They were eight-tenths of a point behind in mathematics, and two-tenths of a point behind in the composite score.
Do notice that a much higher proportion of graduates participated in ACT here than nationally. It is widely thought that if small proportions of a class take an optional college readiness test, the best-prepared students are likely to sign up and the scores are likely to be higher than a representative sample. As a state moves closer to all students participating, the less-prepared students are added and scores are likely to be lower. Kentucky sent most--though not all--of our students, and they still brought back English, reading, and science scores in line with the nation.