- 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
ACT College Readiness Benchmarks—Attainment and Near Attainment
About 8% to 16% of graduates were within 2 scale points of meeting an ACT College Readiness Benchmark in 2013, depending on subject area. This represents approximately 150,000 to 290,000 additional students who were close to being college ready within a subject area.
In 2013, 44% of graduates met the Mathematics Benchmark, while another 8% were within 2 scale points of doing so. The percentages of students within 2 scale points of the respective ACT College Readiness Benchmark in the other subject areas were greater, including 9% of graduates in English, 13% in Reading, and 16% in Science.
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates by Benchmark Attainment and Subject, 2013
Graph reads: In 2013, 64% of ACT-tested high school graduates met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark in English, while 9% scored 1 or 2 points below the Benchmark, and 26% scored 3 points or more below the Benchmark.
Note: Columns may not sum to 100% due to rounding.
|Subject||Met Benchmark||Within 2 Points of Benchmark||Below Benchmark by 3 or More Points|
Note: Rows may not sum to 100% due to rounding.