Information Brief 2012-6

ACT College Readiness Benchmark Attainment in Mathematics 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 mathematics, 45% of ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark, while 66% met the Benchmark in English, 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 mathematics varies with family income and race/ethnicity.

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

$100,000 and up
Race/Ethnicity% Meeting Benchmark% Near Benchmark% ≥ 3 pts below
the Benchmark
Asian8848
White70921
Hispanic61930
African American37954
$36,000–$100,000
Race/Ethnicity% Meeting Benchmark% Near Benchmark% ≥ 3 pts below
the Benchmark
Asian74719
White521137
Hispanic391051
African American20971
Less than $36,000
Race/Ethnicity% Meeting Benchmark% Near Benchmark% ≥ 3 pts below
the Benchmark
Asian57934
White321157
Hispanic22969
African American9586

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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