ACT Scores Down Statewide; Red River Deficit Increases

Data released Wednesday indicates that ACT Scores are down statewide over the last few years.  Red River Parish students are not keeping up, with local ACT Composite test results declining at a rate faster than statewide.  The class of 2020 is an exception to the trend.

Louisiana’s Class of 2020 earned an average ACT Composite score of 18.7. That’s based on the Louisiana Department of Education’s annual release of ACT data for the 2020 high school graduating class. Louisiana’s score is at an all-time low since the state granted all students access to the test in 2013. 

Red River Parish students ACT Composite score increased in the 2019-20 school year, going against the trend reported Wednesday by the Education Department.  Red River’s Composite score was 16.2, up from 15.7 the prior year.

This is the third consecutive year Louisiana’s ACT Composite score has decreased. The state earned a 19.6 in 2016-2017 before seeing declines to 19.3 in 2017-2018 and 18.9 in 2018-2019. The average Composite score also declined among Students with Disabilities (14.8 in 2019 to 14.4 in 2020), Economically Disadvantaged (17.3 in 2019 to 17.1 in 2020) and English Learners (14.6 in 2019 to 14.2 in 2020).

On a year-to-year basis, Red River Parish followed the state trend in declining ACT Composite scores, with the exception of the 2019-20 school year.  Additionally, each year since 2013-14 Red River’s scores have fallen faster than the statewide average.  The 2019-20 year is an exception to the trend.

Education Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley said, “Our Louisiana students are as talented as any across the country. This continued decline in scores should trigger our thinking about flipping this trajectory.” Brumley added, “When students score higher, they open additional doors of opportunities for themselves and their families.”

The Journal went through data from the Education Department to compare Red River to the statewide results:

School Year    Statewide ACT Composite    Red River ACT Composite    Difference

2019-20                     18.7                                         16.2                                  -2.5

2018-19                     18.9                                         15.7                                  -3.2

2017-18                     19.3                                         16.2                                  -3.1

2016-17                     20.6                                         17.8                                  -2.8

2015-16                     19.5                                         17.5                                  -2.0

2014-15                     19.4                                         17.6                                  -1.8

2013-14                     19.2                                         18.5                                  -0.7

The bright spot is the ACT Composite scores by Red River’s class of 2020.  They reversed a 5-year decline in scores.  They also reversed a 5-year decline in falling behind the statewide ACT Composite scores.

Red River High posted this note for Seniors: 

The ACT will be given on Tuesday, October 20 at RRHS at 7:45am. This is a mandatory test for all seniors. This is the ACT test you missed back in March due to Covid-19 and school being out. 

Each senior must fill out the non-test portion of the answer document prior to the test. On Campus students will fill this out Wednesday Morning at 8am. 

Virtual Seniors with last names that begin with A-K must come to school on Tuesday, October 13th at 1:00pm to fill your portion out.  Virtual Seniors with last names that begin with L-Z must come to school on Wednesday, October 14th at 1:00pm to fill your portion out. 

You will report directly to the library, where your temperature will be taken, you will be placed 6 feet apart, and you must wear a mask the whole time. The estimated time of completion of the non-test portion is 45 minutes.