College Readiness Benchmarks by State

Graph reads: In 2011, less than 30% of ACT-tested high school graduates in 5 states (e.g., New Mexico) met three or four College Readiness Benchmarks. Results are not shown for 21 states (e.g., California) within which fewer than 40% of graduates took the ACT.
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Of the 29 states where at least 40% of all 2011 high school graduates took the ACT, in only 1 state did more than half of the graduates meet at least three of the four College Readiness Benchmarks. In another 11 states, 40%–49% of graduates met three or four Benchmarks.

In 12 of the 29 states, 30%–39% of graduates met at least three of the four College Readiness Benchmarks in 2011, while less than 30% of graduates did so in 5 states. In no state did more than 55% of ACT-tested graduates meet three or four Benchmarks.

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