College Readiness Benchmarks—Attainment and Near Attainment

Graph reads: In 2011, 66% of ACT-tested high school graduates met the College Readiness Benchmark in English, while 10% scored 1 or 2 points below the Benchmark, and 24% scored 3 points or more below the Benchmark.
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About 9% to 15% of graduates were within 2 scale points of meeting an ACT College Readiness Benchmark in 2011, depending on subject area. This represents approximately 148,000 to 236,000 additional students who were close to being college ready within a subject area.

In 2011, 45% of graduates met the Mathematics Benchmark, while another 9% were within 2 scale points of doing so. The percentages of students within 2 scale points of the respective College Readiness Benchmark in the other subject areas were greater, including 10% of graduates in English, 12% in Reading, and 15% in Science.

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