2020 ACT Scores: Asians Pulling Away, Same as on SAT
10/25/2020
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Earlier: Judge Bans U. of California from Using SAT/ACT Tests Because Racism

A few weeks ago, I wrote a Taki’s column entitled “Asian Supremacy” reporting on SAT college admission test score trends for high school seniors graduating in 2020. Now the rival ACT test (12 to 36 scale) has published its 2020 average scores, and trends are fairly similar: Asians are going up, up, up, while everybody else is in decline:

ACT Avg. 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2020 – 2016 2020 vs. Asians 2020 vs. whites
Asian 24.0 24.3 24.5 24.6 24.9 0.9 0.0 2.9
White 22.2 22.4 22.2 22.1 22.0 -0.2 -2.9 0.0
2 or More 21.0 21.2 21.1 21.0 20.9 -0.1 -4.0 -1.1
All 20.8 21.0 20.8 20.7 20.6 -0.2 -4.3 -1.4
No Response 20.1 20.3 19.8 19.7 19.7 -0.4 -5.2 -2.3
Hispanic 18.7 18.9 18.8 18.7 18.5 -0.2 -6.4 -3.5
Pacific 18.6 18.4 18.2 17.9 17.5 -1.1 -7.4 -4.5
Black 17.0 17.1 16.9 16.8 16.7 -0.3 -8.2 -5.3
Am Indian 17.7 17.5 17.3 17.0 16.7 -1.0 -8.2 -5.3

The ACT claims its standard deviation is 5.9.

The recent declines aren’t as sharp as on the SAT, where the test was redone a couple of years ago, which messed up everybody except Asians. Plus the SAT has recently won a bunch of contracts from state legislatures to give their test to everybody in the public schools, a strategy pioneered by the ACT. So, while the number of students taking the SAT has gone up in the last few years, meaning the SAT is scraping the bottom of the barrel harder, the number of ACT test-takers has declined, I think in part because the SAT won some statewide contracts away from the ACT. Here is the ACT test-taker data:

As on the SAT, the average test scores for American Indians are in sharp decline. And on the ACT, the number of Native American test-takers hasn’t increased, so that is genuinely concerning. Also of interest is that Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander scores are dropping like a rock too.

So, as Ibram X. Kendi has proven, this means the ACT was racistly designed specifically to facilitate Asian Supremacy and hurt the feelings of American Indians and Pacific Islanders. To look for any other explanations is to indulge in Conspiracy Theorizing.

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