College Readiness Benchmarks by State

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Of the 28 states where at least 40% of all 2012 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 9 states, 40%–49% of graduates met three or four Benchmarks.

In 15 of the 28 states, 30%–39% of graduates met at least three of the four College Readiness Benchmarks in 2012, while less than 30% of graduates did so in 3 states. In no state did more than 55% of ACT-tested graduates meet three or four Benchmarks.

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Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting Three or Four College Readiness Benchmarks by State, 2012

Graph reads: In 2012, less than 30% of ACT-tested high school graduates in 3 states (e.g., Kentucky) met three or four College Readiness Benchmarks.

StatePercent Meeting
3 or 4 Benchmarks
Alabama30%–39%
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas30%–39%
California
Colorado30%–39%
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida30%–39%
Georgia30%–39%
Hawaii
Idaho40%–49%
Illinois30%–39%
Indiana
Iowa40%–49%
Kansas40%–49%
KentuckyLess than 30%
Louisiana30%–39%
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan30%–39%
Minnesota50%–55%
MississippiLess than 30%
Missouri40%–49%
Montana40%–49%
Nebraska40%–49%
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico30%–39%
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota30%–39%
Ohio40%–49%
Oklahoma30%–39%
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina30%–39%
South Dakota40%–49%
TennesseeLess than 30%
Texas
Utah30%–39%
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia30%–39%
Wisconsin40%–49%
Wyoming30%–39%

Results are not shown for 22 states (e.g., California) within which less than 40% of graduates took the ACT.