- Improving College & Career Readiness
- About This Report
- College Readiness
- Educational/Career Aspirations
- Access & Preparation
- Academic Performance
- Academic Achievement & Academic Behaviors
- Looking Back at the Class of 2011
- Policies & Practices to Increase Readiness
- 2012 ACT National and State Scores
College Readiness Benchmarks by Career Field
For each of the 2020 projected five fastest-growing career fields, less than half of the 2012 high school graduates interested in careers in these fields met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in Science, and in only one field, Computer/Information Specialties, did 50% or more meet the Mathematics Benchmark. For none of the five career fields did at least 50% of the 2012 graduates meet all four Benchmarks.
Across all five career fields, graduates were most likely to meet the English Benchmark, followed by meeting the Reading and Mathematics Benchmarks, respectively. Graduates were least likely to meet the Science Benchmark in all five career fields.
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Career Field, 2012
Graph reads: In 2012, 68% of all ACT-tested high school graduates who indicated a career interest in Education met the College Readiness Benchmark in English.