Racial Achievement Gap

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A new ACT Inc. report shows that only three percent – just three out of 100 – black students who graduated from Kentucky’s schools in 2008 and who took the college entrance test were fully prepared for college. That’s a decline from last year, when the ACT deemed four percent of the state’s blacks ready for college.

According to the latest ACT results, Kentucky’s black students averaged only 17.3 out of a possible 36 points, compared with white students’ average of 21.2. Richard Innes, education analyst for the Bluegrass Institute, reports that the gap in composite scores for white and black students grew from 3.7 points in 2004 to 3.9 points in 2008. [1]

More evidence of Kentucky’s failure to prepare blacks for college lies hidden behind a recent Lexington Herald-Leader report that some state colleges want to change the rules for calculating percentages of minority students. [2]

These colleges want to alter reporting rules so out-of-state minorities are included in their statistics – students who clearly get a better education than Kentucky’s black students.

After years of “reform,” our state’s education system still produces a small number of minority students adequately prepared to succeed in college. Apparently, there is a move is afoot to hide that failure by tapping into a pool of better-educated students of color from other states.


  1. ACT High School Profile Report: Kentucky
  2. Colleges challenge rule on minorities, panel says