- About This Report
- College Readiness Benchmark Attainment
- Student Migration and Academic Achievement
- Time of First Testing
- EOS Participation
- Score-Sending Behavior
- Enrollment by College Preference
- Interest-Major Fit
- Predictors of Success
- Key Findings and Recommendations
- Recent ACT Research
College Readiness Benchmark Attainment
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates by Number of ACT College Readiness Benchmarks Attained, 2011
Graph reads: In 2011, 25% (or 397,712) of ACT-tested high school graduates met all 4 College Readiness Benchmarks.
|Number of Benchmarks Attained||Number of Students||Percent of Students|
|All 4 Benchmarks||397,712||25.00%|
More than 1.6 million students of the high school graduating class of 2011 took the ACT during high school.
- Seventy-two percent of these students met at least 1 of the 4 College Readiness Benchmarks.
- There are far too many students28%that meet none of the College Readiness Benchmarks. ACT research shows that these students are less likely to enroll in college, persist over time, and complete a degree program within 6 years.
College Type Attended by Number of College Readiness Benchmarks Attained, 2011
Graph reads: 80% of the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2011 who met all 4 College Readiness Benchmarks enrolled at a 4-year college.
|Number of Benchmarks|
|All 4 Benchmarks||80%||6%||14%|
Note: Percentages may not sum to 100% due to rounding.
Of the ACT-tested high school graduating class of 2011, 53% enrolled in a 4-year college, 18% enrolled in a 2-year college, and 29% did not enroll in college.
- A student’s likelihood of enrolling in a 4-year college increased with the number of College Readiness Benchmarks attained.
- A student’s likelihood of either enrolling in a 2-year college or not enrolling in college decreased as the number of College Readiness Benchmarks attained increased.
- Of those high school graduates who met either 0 or 1 Benchmark, more than 300,000 did not enroll in college.