Rising Graduations and Declining ACT Scores in 2018 High School Results

by | Sep 26, 2018

Compared to 2017, high results released today showed continuing improvement in graduation rates, but an alarming drop in high school juniors reaching the ACT benchmarks established by the Council for Postsecondary Education.

As shown in the table below, graduation increases were reported for all students and for every group except for Hispanic students’ four-year graduation rate.

For ACT benchmarks, the data released so far does not include results disaggregated by student group, but the decline of five to seven points for all students is a major loss for Kentucky’s efforts to ensure transition readiness for all high school graduates.

The Prichard Committee statement on citizen engagement and state policy leadership to build robust and consistent improvement is available here.


Since 1983, the Prichard Committee has worked to study priority issues, inform the public and policy makers about best practices and engage citizens, business leaders, families, students, and other stakeholders in a shared mission to move Kentucky to the top tier of all states for education excellence and equity for all children, from their earliest years through postsecondary education.

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