College Readiness Benchmark Attainment by State

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 1623112 25 66 45 52 30
Alabama 37800 18 65 32 48 22
Alaska 3022 25 65 47 56 30
Arizona 27952 18 53 39 43 22
Arkansas 27020 17 61 33 44 21
California 99002 30 72 57 57 34
Colorado 52930 23 63 40 49 29
Connecticut 10809 42 86 68 72 46
Delaware 1481 34 74 57 60 39
District of Columbia 1480 25 53 38 45 26
Florida 117575 17 55 36 44 20
Georgia 42929 21 63 41 48 25
Hawaii 3259 25 68 50 52 30
Idaho 11321 26 72 47 59 32
Illinois 144469 23 65 42 48 28
Indiana 20462 31 75 57 62 36
Iowa 22968 31 77 52 62 40
Kansas 23628 28 73 51 60 34
Kentucky 46428 16 57 28 43 21
Louisiana 35870 16 67 33 45 21
Maine 1476 35 82 63 68 40
Maryland 12687 31 72 53 58 36
Massachusetts 14975 43 86 73 74 47
Michigan 116823 20 58 35 44 26
Minnesota 44952 36 78 62 64 43
Mississippi 28167 10 52 20 33 13
Missouri 48565 26 73 44 56 32
Montana 6037 29 75 53 63 35
Nebraska 16461 29 76 50 60 36
Nevada 6931 25 68 47 55 30
New Hampshire 2884 38 85 66 71 43
New Jersey 20796 37 81 66 67 41
New Mexico 13599 17 55 32 44 21
New York 52255 39 80 68 67 45
North Carolina 16736 30 70 56 58 34
North Dakota 7057 21 63 43 48 26
Ohio 92313 28 71 49 58 35
Oklahoma 28223 20 67 35 52 25
Oregon 11715 27 66 49 55 32
Pennsylvania 24280 33 75 58 62 37
Rhode Island 1487 34 81 59 68 38
South Carolina 21064 19 59 39 45 23
South Dakota 6983 29 72 52 58 37
Tennessee 68524 15 58 27 41 20
Texas 101569 24 60 48 48 28
Utah 25161 27 73 47 60 33
Vermont 2053 33 78 58 63 39
Virginia 20526 32 76 55 61 36
Washington 13677 35 76 60 64 40
West Virginia 11505 17 70 32 53 23
Wisconsin 47693 32 75 54 60 39
Wyoming 5533 18 61 36 49 24

In spring 2010, all public high school 11th graders in the states of Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wyoming were tested with the ACT as required by each state. Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wyoming students who met ACT's 2011 graduating class criteria are included in the 2011 graduating class average score results. Consistent with ACT's reporting policies, graduating class test results are reported only for students tested under standard time conditions.


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, which include English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology.

College Course or Course Area Test ACT Score
English Composition English 18
Algebra Mathematics 22
Social Science Reading 21
Biology Science 24
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