Building Momentum: The Condition of Progress Toward College Readiness

A Profile of 2012 ACT Explore- and ACT Plan-Tested Students


This report provides a look at the progress toward college readiness made by middle school students and students at the midpoint of high school who took ACT Explore® and ACT Plan® during the 2011–12 school year. The data in this report provide insights that will help inform and guide efforts to improve college and career readiness for the next generation of students now making their way through the US education system.

In determining a student’s progress toward college readiness, this report helps answer the following questions:

  • What percentage of students meet the ACT Explore and ACT Plan College Readiness Benchmarks in each subject area?
  • How many students are exposed to ACT Explore and ACT Plan?
  • How have ACT Explore and ACT Plan scores changed over a five-year period?
  • What policies and practices can states and schools implement to improve the college readiness of students?

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