College Readiness Benchmark Attainment by State

The chart below shows the percentage of 2012 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 1666017 25 67 46 52 31
Alabama 39565 18 65 33 48 23
Alaska 2598 26 67 48 56 30
Arizona 29876 20 54 39 42 23
Arkansas 26058 19 64 36 48 23
California 103024 31 72 58 58 35
Colorado 53071 25 62 41 47 31
Connecticut 11192 43 86 68 71 48
Delaware 1328 34 76 57 63 39
District of Columbia 1549 24 51 37 42 26
Florida 118420 18 57 37 46 22
Georgia 47169 22 64 40 50 27
Hawaii 3616 26 66 51 52 31
Idaho 11842 26 72 47 59 32
Illinois 146822 25 65 44 47 30
Indiana 22372 32 75 58 62 37
Iowa 23119 30 77 51 62 38
Kansas 23907 29 73 52 60 35
Kentucky 46289 17 59 31 44 22
Louisiana 36736 17 68 35 46 22
Maine 1470 39 84 65 70 43
Maryland 13334 33 72 53 58 37
Massachusetts 15398 44 86 73 72 48
Michigan 114727 21 59 36 45 26
Minnesota 44977 36 78 62 64 42
Mississippi 28288 11 53 21 34 14
Missouri 49222 27 73 46 56 33
Montana 6024 30 74 54 63 37
Nebraska 16581 30 75 51 59 36
Nevada 7604 25 68 48 55 30
New Hampshire 2979 42 85 68 73 49
New Jersey 22179 39 81 67 67 43
New Mexico 13792 17 57 33 45 22
New York 52771 41 80 67 67 47
North Carolina 18817 30 69 56 58 34
North Dakota 6896 23 64 45 49 30
Ohio 92121 28 71 49 58 34
Oklahoma 29342 20 67 37 53 26
Oregon 12462 29 66 49 55 35
Pennsylvania 25426 34 76 59 62 38
Rhode Island 1505 36 81 61 68 42
South Carolina 21142 19 61 39 46 24
South Dakota 6878 30 73 54 58 37
Tennessee 68095 16 59 29 43 21
Texas 110180 24 61 48 48 29
Utah 32835 23 64 40 54 29
Vermont 2009 37 78 62 66 43
Virginia 21647 33 76 56 63 38
Washington 13929 38 76 62 66 43
West Virginia 11719 19 70 33 53 25
Wisconsin 47588 31 75 54 59 38
Wyoming 5527 20 60 38 46 28

In spring 2011, all public high school 11th graders in the states of Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming were tested with the ACT as required by each state. Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming students who met ACT's 2012 graduating class criteria are included in the 2012 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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