In early September, I reported on North Carolina’s ACT scores. They were dismal.
There is the capability to sort this ACT chart and North Carolina’s “College Readiness” benchmark scores, compared to the rest of the nation, were near the bottom of the pile in nearly every category.
- Composite Benchmark score nationally was 21 and NC’s was 19, which was third from last place. If you discount Hawaii, who doesn’t test 100% of their students, North Carolina was tied for last with Mississippi.
- English Benchmark score nationally was 64 and NC’s was 47, which was also third from last place.
- Reading Benchmark score nationally was 46. NC scored a 34 which was fourth from last place.
- Math Benchmark score nationally was 41 and NC scored a 32. NC tied with Kentucky (Common Core’s first adopter) and only 5 states scored lower than us.
- Science Benchmark nationally was a 38 and NC scored 26 with three states scoring lower than us.
In all five areas, North Carolina ACT scores have taken a nose dive since 2011.
Back in September, I also mused that, “minorities, in particular African-American students, have been hardest hit. Given the historical results, one has to ask, is Common Core racially biased?”
A recent article by Dr. Berry at Breitbart picked up on the minority theme and cites ACT’s own report:
ACT also noted that “readiness levels remain weakest among underserved minority groups.”
“African American, American Indian, Hispanic and native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students trail far behind their white and Asian peers in readiness in each of the four subject areas,” states ACT, “as is also true in college enrollment and graduation rates—with no signs of closing those gaps.”
Indeed. In fact, the gaps are widening. But local media and the Wake School Board won’t even think about blaming Common Core; it can’t be at fault.
The Breitbart article continues and specifically cites Common Core’s first adopter, Kentucky. The article quotes Richard Inness of the Bluegrass Institute on the Kentucky ACT Scores:
For sure, what the ACT data tells us isn’t so rosy…
Overall, ACT test results show only 21 percent of all Kentucky’s graduates, public, private and home school combined, were fully prepared for a liberal arts college education with adequate skills in English, math, reading and science.
Just 21 percent!
The situation looks far grimmer when we review how Kentucky’s racial minorities fared.
- Only one in 20 black students – just five percent – were fully ready for college. That gruesome figure is unchanged from last year.
- A not much higher percentage of Hispanics, just 14 percent, were prepared, as well.
Overall, these data points just don’t mesh with claims from the Kentucky Department of Education that more than half our kids are being prepared for college. What kind of college are they being prepared for? Certainly not the kind the ACT, Inc. has in mind.
There’s that minority student theme again. I suspect, if one looked, they would find this to be the case in nearly every Common Core state.
I find this reference back to Kentucky really interesting, since Kentucky was thrust upon the NC Common Core Academic Standards Review Commission back in February as a ‘shining example’ of ‘successful community engagement’.
Shining example? More like lipstick on a pig. This is the result that comes from a set of standards or label of ‘college ready’ that has never been validated.
Dr. Rebecca Blessing was the emissary from Kentucky.
I am told by reliable sources she was granted permission to address the commission at the suggestion of DPI and Pro-Common Core Business interests like the NC Chamber of Commerce.
Read the whole article by Dr. Berry. She also covers the failings of Common Core math, citing Innes, Dr. Milgram and Ze’ev Wurman.