Wednesday, August 22, 2012
ACT results for Kentucky’s juniors, graduates show slight improvement in all subject areas
Editor’s note: ACT, Inc. does not provide district- or school-level results for the graduating senior class to the Kentucky Department of Education or the Council on Postsecondary Education. The company does provide those results for the junior class, and those are available here.
Overall results from the 2012 administration of the ACT to Kentucky’s public school juniors and public school graduates show improvements in all subject areas. The overall composite scores for both groups increased slightly from 2011 to 2012.
“These data are part of Kentucky schools’ and districts’ College/Career Ready Rates, and the increases show that our administrators and teachers are focused on the ultimate goal of preparing students for life after high school,” said Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. “While the increases in scores are small, they indicate an intensified emphasis on college/career readiness.”
Kentucky’s Unbridled Learning accountability model includes a college/career readiness component, through which schools and districts will be held accountable for the percentage of students who are considered ready for college and/or careers. The college-ready indicator includes students who met the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Systemwide Benchmarks for reading (20), English (18) and mathematics (19) on any administration of the ACT.
CPE has set systemwide standards for college readiness based on ACT’s English, mathematics and reading assessments. Meeting the Kentucky systemwide standards of readiness guarantees students access to credit-bearing coursework without the need for developmental education or supplemental courses.
Because the data reported in this release are used as one component of the College/Career Readiness Rate, the data related to both juniors and graduating seniors are correlated to those benchmarks for the first time. More data connected to the Unbridled Learning accountability model will be released in mid-October.
Overall ACT results summarized:
Number of public school students tested:
2011 – 44,053
2012 – 44,516
English average score:
2011 – 18.0
2012 – 18.4
Math average score:
2011 – 18.5
2012 – 18.8
Reading average score:
2011 – 19.0
2012 – 19.0
Science average score:
2011 – 19.0
2012 – 19.1
2011 – 18.8
2012 – 19.0
From Kentucky Department of Education