Information Brief 2012-4

ACT College Readiness Benchmark Attainment in English by Race/Ethnicity and Income

The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks indicate readiness for credit-bearing first-year college coursework in English, reading, mathematics, and science. In English, 66% of ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark, while 45% met the Benchmark in mathematics, 52% met the Benchmark in reading, and 30% met the Benchmark in science. The following chart shows how ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates’ college readiness in English varies with family income and race/ethnicity.

Percentage Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Race/Ethnicity and Income—English

$100,000 and up
Race/Ethnicity% Meeting Benchmark% Near Benchmark% ≥ 3 pts below
the Benchmark
Asian9334
White8866
Hispanic80713
African American611227
$36,000–$100,000
Race/Ethnicity% Meeting Benchmark% Near Benchmark% ≥ 3 pts below
the Benchmark
Asian82711
White78913
Hispanic601228
African American471439
Less than $36,000
Race/Ethnicity% Meeting Benchmark% Near Benchmark% ≥ 3 pts below
the Benchmark
Asian611128
White621226
Hispanic381349
African American291457

Note: Based on data from 1,109,900 ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates in these racial/ethnic groups who reported family income. This count reflects a nonresponse rate of about 24% for these groups and may not be representative of the underlying population of ACT-tested high school graduates.

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