Building Momentum: The Condition of Progress Toward College Readiness


This series of reports looks 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. The data in these reports can help inform and guide efforts to improve college and career readiness for the next generation of students.

In determining a student’s progress toward college readiness, these reports help 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?

Profile of 2013 ACT Explore- and ACT Plan-Tested Students

This report has three parts.

  • The cross-sectional portion of the report presents the results of eighth-grade students who took ACT Explore and tenth-grade students who took ACT Plan during the 2012–13 school year.
  • The longitudinal section of the report presents the results of a cohort of students who graduated from high school in 2013 and took ACT Explore during eighth grade in 2008–09, ACT Plan during tenth grade in 2010–11, and the ACT test during eleventh or twelfth grade in 2011–12 or 2012–13.
  • Policy and Practice Recommendations for Increasing Readiness recommends policies and practices states and schools can adopt to improve students’ college readiness.

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

This report is cross-sectional in nature, presenting the results of eighth-grade students who took ACT Explore and tenth-grade students who took ACT Plan during the 2011–12 school year. It includes information on the percentage of students meeting the ACT Explore and ACT Plan College Readiness Benchmarks in each subject area, the number of students exposed to ACT Explore or ACT Plan, student test performance, and recommendations for policies and practices that states and schools can adopt to improve students’ college readiness.


Subscribe to ACT Research and Policy Alerts
Stay current with ACT research on important policy issues with email delivered to your inbox.