- Improving College & Career Readiness
- About This Report
- College Readiness
- Educational/Career Aspirations
- Access & Preparation
- Academic Performance
- A First Look at STEM
- Looking Back at the Class of 2012
- Academic Achievement & Academic Behaviors
- Policies & Practices to Increase Readiness
- 2013 ACT National and State Scores
Number of Graduates Who Took the ACT by Race/Ethnicity
About 319,000 more high school graduates completed the ACT in 2013 than in 2009, an increase of about 22%.
In 2013, about 58% of all ACT-tested graduates were White, 13% were African American, 14% were Hispanic, 4% were Asian, 4% were of Two or More Races, 1% were American Indian, less than 1% were Pacific Islander (about 5,000), and 6% were No Response. From 2009 to 2013, the number of ACT-tested high school graduates increased from 1.480 million to 1.799 million students. Substantial numerical increases occurred for Hispanic students (increase of about 126,000), White students (94,000), African American students (43,000), and students of Two or More Races (29,000). Proportionally, the largest increases were by Hispanic students (about 94%) and students of Two or More Races (80%).
Note: Counts by race/ethnicity might not sum to total counts due to rounding. Race/ethnicity categories changed in 2011 to reflect updated US Department of Education reporting requirements.
Number of ACT-Tested High School Graduates by Race/Ethnicity, 2009–2013
Graph reads: In 2009, about 1,480,000 US high school graduates had taken the ACT at least once during their sophomore, junior, or senior year. Of that group, about 196,000 were African American students and 16,000 were American Indian students.
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Numbers are in 1,000s.