- 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
Educational Aspirations by Race/Ethnicity
About 87% of all 2013 ACT-tested high school graduates aspired to attain at least a 2-year postsecondary degree, regardless of race/ethnicity.
About 82% of Asian graduates aspired to earn at least a bachelor’s degree, with 53% aspiring to continue their formal education beyond a 4-year degree. American Indian graduates (28%) were the least likely to aspire to a graduate or professional degree; 33%–36% of African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or White graduates aspired to a graduate or professional degree.
Note: Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding. Race/ethnicity categories changed in 2011 to reflect updated US Department of Education reporting requirements.
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates by Race/Ethnicity and Educational Aspirations, 2013
Graph reads: In 2013, 33% of ACT-tested African American high school graduates aspired to a graduate or professional degree, 45% to a bachelor’s degree, 8% to an associate’s or voc-tech degree, and 14% to another degree type (or provided no response).
|Goal||African American||American Indian||Asian||Hispanic||Pacific Islander||White||All|
|Graduate/ Professional Degree||33%||28%||53%||35%||36%||36%||36%|
|Associate's/ Voc-tech Degree||8%||12%||2%||7%||5%||6%||6%|
|Other/ No Response||14%||14%||15%||17%||15%||10%||13%|