ACT Scores in Kentucky by Year

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Until recently, the ACT Incorporated did not directly release disaggregated scores for either public school only or private school only students. However, the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability has obtained a separate data run of the public school only participation numbers and scores for every public high school in Kentucky since 1993. More recently, the ACT has released public school only figures to the Kentucky Department of Education, which in turn now releases those figures to the public.

Furthermore, ACT, Incorporated has for many years released overall participation numbers and data for all students combined, public, private and home school.

The availability of this data over time permits Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions Education Analyst Richard Innes to compute disaggregated data for both public school students and those students who selected a non-public school education as shown in the following tables.


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KY Public School ACT Scores.jpg


KY Other Than Public ACT Scores.jpg

Data sources:

The public school only figures for 1993 to 2008 come from Innes' analysis of annually reported public school ACT data sets from the Kentucky Office of Education Accountability. Those data sets were assembled each year from 1997 to 2008.

Later public school data comes from Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) press releases on the ACT scores:

KDE News Release 09-063, 19 Aug 09

KDE News Release 10-044, 18 Aug 10

KDE News Release 11-067, 17 Aug 11


The All Student data come from the publicly released documents from the ACT, Incorporated:

The High School Profile Report, Normative Data, ACT High School Profile Report, H S Graduating Class 1997, St. Composite for Kentucky

The High School Profile Report, Normative Data, ACT High School Profile Report, H S Graduating Class 1998, St. Composite for Kentucky, Code 180-000

The High School Profile Report, Normative Data, ACT High School Profile Report, H S Graduating Class 1999, St. Composite for Kentucky, Code 180-000

The High School Profile Report, Normative Data, ACT High School Profile Report, H S Graduating Class 2000, St. Composite for Kentucky, Code 180-000

The High School Profile Report, Normative Data, ACT High School Profile Report, H S Graduating Class 2001, St. Composite for Kentucky, Code 180-000

The High School Profile Report, Normative Data, ACT High School Profile Report, H S Graduating Class 2002, St. Composite for Kentucky, Code 180-000

The High School Profile Report, Normative Data, ACT High School Profile Report, H S Graduating Class 2003, St. Composite for Kentucky, Code 180-000

The High School Profile Report, Normative Data, ACT High School Profile Report, H S Graduating Class 2004, St. Composite for Kentucky, Code 180-000

The High School Profile Report, Normative Data, ACT High School Profile Report, H S Graduating Class 2005, St. Composite for Kentucky, Code 180-000

ACT High School Profile Report, The Graduating Class 2006, Kentucky

ACT High School Profile Report, The Graduating Class 2007, Kentucky

ACT High School Profile Report, The Graduating Class 2008, Kentucky

ACT High School Profile Report, The Graduating Class 2009, Kentucky

ACT High School Profile Report, The Graduating Class 2010, Kentucky

ACT High School Profile Report, The Graduating Class 2011, Kentucky



Formula used to calculate the other than public school student scores:

Non-Public School Average ACT Score = {(Number of All Grads) * (All Grads Score) - (Number of Public Grads) * (Public Grads Score)} / (Number of Non-Public Students)