The Huge Racial Gap in College Readiness as Measured by the ACT Test


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The annual report on college readiness issued by the American College Testing Program shows no progress on closing the racial scoring gap on the ACT college entrance examination. The composite score for Whites in the 2017 high school graduating class was 22.4 on the ACT scoring scale of 1 to 36. The average score for Blacks was 17.1. Whites showed a 0.2 percent improvement from 2016 while Blacks posted a 0.1 point gain. Thus, the racial gap widened slightly. Whites held a wider edge on the English part of the test with an average score of 22.1 compared to a 16 average score for Blacks.  In mat...