ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by State

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Of the 31 states where 40% or more of their 2013 high school graduates took the ACT, in only 2 states did more than half of the graduates meet three or more ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. In another 8 states, 40%–49% of graduates met three or four Benchmarks.

In 16 states, 30%–39% of graduates met three or more ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in 2013, while less than 30% of graduates did so in 5 states. In no state did more than 56% of ACT-tested graduates meet three or four Benchmarks.

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Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting Three or Four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by State, 2013

Map reads: In 2013, less than 30% of ACT-tested high school graduates in 5 states (e.g., Louisiana) met three or four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. Results are not shown for 20 states (e.g., California) within which less than 40% of graduates took the ACT.

StatePercent Meeting
3 or 4 Benchmarks
Alabama30%–39%
AlaskaLow % ACT-tested
Arizona30%–39%
Arkansas30%–39%
CaliforniaLow % ACT-tested
Colorado30%–39%
ConnecticutLow % ACT-tested
DelawareLow % ACT-tested
Florida30%–39%
Georgia30%–39%
Hawaii30%–39%
Idaho40%–49%
Illinois30%–39%
IndianaLow % ACT-tested
Iowa40%–49%
Kansas40%–49%
KentuckyLess than 30%
LouisianaLess than 30%
MaineLow % ACT-tested
MarylandLow % ACT-tested
MassachusettsLow % ACT-tested
Michigan30%–39%
Minnesota50%–56%
MississippiLess than 30%
Missouri40%–49%
Montana40%–49%
Nebraska40%–49%
NevadaLow % ACT-tested
New HampshireLow % ACT-tested
New JerseyLow % ACT-tested
New Mexico30%–39%
New YorkLow % ACT-tested
North CarolinaLess than 30%
North Dakota30%–39%
Ohio40%–49%
Oklahoma30%–39%
OregonLow % ACT-tested
PennsylvaniaLow % ACT-tested
Rhode IslandLow % ACT-tested
South Carolina30%–39%
South Dakota40%–49%
TennesseeLess than 30%
TexasLow % ACT-tested
Utah30%–39%
VermontLow % ACT-tested
VirginiaLow % ACT-tested
WashingtonLow % ACT-tested
West Virginia30%–39%
Wisconsin50%–56%
Wyoming30%–39%

“Low % ACT-tested” means that too low a percentage (less than 40%) of graduates took the ACT to allow for a fair comparison.