College Readiness Benchmarks by Level of High School Preparation
Graduates who took a core curriculum in high school were more likely to meet the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in 2009 than graduates who did not take a core curriculum. For all four subject areas, a higher percentage of graduates who took more than a core curriculum met the Benchmarks than did other graduates.
The largest curriculum-based difference in Benchmark attainment rates was in Mathematics. Students who completed more than core were more likely to meet the Mathematics Benchmark than those who took core and those who took less than core by 43 and 48 percentage points, respectively.