ACT Scores Improve Slightly For Kentucky's College-Bound Seniors

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Scores on the American College Test improved slightly for high school seniors who start college this fall, education officials announced on Wednesday.

Kentucky students scored an average of 20.7, up from 20.6 last year, but still below the national average of 21.2, according to the Kentucky Department of Education and the Council on Postsecondary Education.

This year, 30,929 high school seniors took the test, which measures students' college readiness in English, math, reading and science.

"The ACT results are valuable because they provide another means for Kentucky's secondary educators to focus attention on specific areas," said Interim Education Commissioner Kevin Noland. "Kentucky's students are making progress, and that is most evident when we look at long-term trends."

Colleges and universities often use ACT scores to make decisions on admissions and to determine appropriate college courses. ACT scores also are used, along with high school grade point averages, to determine the amount of money high school graduates are eligible to receive through the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship program.

The agencies pointed out that black students in Kentucky who took college-bound curriculum performed similarly to black students at the national level. However, a gap between the scores of black and white students persisted in Kentucky. Blacks posted a composite score of 17, compared to 21 for white students.

Scoring gaps between male and female students in Kentucky were minimal in most subjects, with males posting a composite score of 20.8 and females a score of 20.5.

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