On July 5th the Arkansas Department of Education issued a press release and accompanying social media posts announcing the release of the 2018 ACT/Aspire Results. The headline on the release was:
Arkansas’ ACT Aspire Results Show Growth; ACT Results for Grade 11 Hold Steady
I could not wait to dig in and see all of the progress our schools were making.
The release continues with a brief summary of the results, reproduced here for your befuddlement:
Overall, the percent of students at or above ready in English remained steady or trended upward in all grades except for grades 6, 9 and 10. Reading results at or above ready trended upward in all grades except for grades 6, 9 and 10. For 2018, overall writing scores were not reported; however, writing scores were incorporated in the overall English Language Arts scores.
Arkansas’ percent of students at or above ready in math trended upward in grades 3 and 8 through 10 and downward in grades 4 through 7. Science scores at or above ready remained steady or trended upward in grades 3, 8 and 9 and downward in grades 4 through 7 and grade 10.
If you are anything like me, you will have to make multiple trips through those last two paragraphs if you care to actually understand what the ADE is trying to say.