STEM Overview

Expressed and Measured Interest

  • 1,799,243 graduates, an estimated 54% of the graduating class, took the ACT.*
  • 293,306 graduates have an expressed and measured interest in STEM.

Percent of 2013 ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Subject

SubjectPercent Meeting Benchmark
English76%
Reading56%
Mathematics58%
Science51%
All Four Subjects39%


Expressed Interest Only

  • 421,585 graduates have an expressed interest only in STEM.

Percent of 2013 ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Subject

SubjectPercent Meeting Benchmark
English64%
Reading43%
Mathematics47%
Science38%
All Four Subjects28%

Measured Interest Only

  • 153,303 graduates have a measured interest only in STEM.

Percent of 2013 ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Subject

SubjectPercent Meeting Benchmark
English64%
Reading45%
Mathematics41%
Science37%
All Four Subjects26%


No Interest

  • 931,049 graduates have no interest in STEM.

Percent of 2013 ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Subject

SubjectPercent Meeting Benchmark
English61%
Reading41%
Mathematics38%
Science31%
All Four Subjects22%


* Totals for graduating seniors were obtained from Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates, 8th edition. © December 2012 by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.