2009 Percent of ACT-Tested Graduates Ready for College-level Coursework by State

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The chart below shows the percentage of ACT-tested graduates in each state who met or exceeded the College Readiness Benchmark score in all four subjects and in each subject separately.

State Number of
Graduates
Tested
All 4 English Math Reading Science
National 1480469 23 67 42 53 28
Alabama 35809 16 67 29 47 21
Alaska 2254 25 65 44 55 28
Arizona 12550 26 73 52 60 30
Arkansas 22523 18 67 35 50 24
California 81494 29 73 55 59 33
Colorado 51087 22 64 39 51 28
Connecticut9240 37 85 63 71 41
Delaware 1060 31 77 55 64 37
District of Columbia 1548 21 50 33 40 22
Florida 105297 15 55 33 43 19
Georgia36165 19 65 38 48 23
Hawaii 3115 24 69 50 53 28
Idaho 10228 24 72 45 60 30
Illinois 143791 22 66 40 48 27
Indiana 17321 28 75 54 61 33
Iowa 22377 29 79 50 64 37
Kansas 23147 26 74 48 60 33
Kentucky 45419 15 55 26 41 20
Louisiana 34548 15 67 30 44 20
Maine 1438 34 82 60 69 39
Maryland 11317 30 73 51 59 34
Massachusetts 13093 39 86 68 73 43
Michigan 121982 18 54 31 40 24
Minnesota 43642 32 78 57 65 39
Mississippi 25976 10 57 20 34 14
Missouri 46923 25 73 42 57 32
Montana 5960 26 74 48 63 33
Nebraska 16286 29 76 49 61 36
Nevada 6396 23 71 45 58 28
New Hampshire 2469 36 84 63 72 40
New Jersey 17679 34 81 61 65 38
New Mexico 12434 16 58 31 47 21
New York 47520 36 80 62 66 42
North Carolina 13347 26 69 51 56 30
North Dakota 5791 24 70 47 57 31
Ohio 88754 26 72 46 58 33
Oklahoma 27054 18 67 33 52 25
Oregon 11560 26 66 47 56 31
Pennsylvania 21199 29 74 52 60 33
Rhode Island 1309 30 81 57 68 35
South Carolina 18691 16 58 35 42 20
South Dakota 6676 28 74 49 60 36
Tennessee 52052 18 69 33 50 24
Texas 82640 22 63 44 49 26
Utah 23229 25 73 44 62 32
Vermont 2008 34 80 56 68 40
Virginia 17902 27 74 49 59 33
Washington 12285 33 77 58 66 38
West Virginia 11696 17 71 30 54 25
Wisconsin 46658 30 77 53 62 37
Wyoming 5530 17 57 33 45 22

College Readiness Benchmark Scores

A Benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.
College Course or Course Area Test ACT Score
English Composition English 18
Algebra Mathematics 22
Social Sciences Reading 21
Biology Science 24