The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2019
The Condition report examines the college and career readiness of the 2019 ACT-tested graduating class.
Learn how all students and specific student populations are performing compared to:
- The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks
- The ACT STEM Benchmarks
- Foundational work readiness skills
- Core subjects
- Core curriculum
You’ll also find recommendations and resources for educators and policymakers.
Highlights From This Year’s Report
- Nearly 1.8 million graduates, 52 percent of the 2019 national graduating class, took the ACT test.
- 32 states incorporate ACT college and career readiness solutions as part of their statewide assessment systems, providing greater access to higher education and increasing the likelihood of student success in postsecondary education
- 43% of test takers took the ACT multiple times, and most repeat test takers increased their ACT Composite score by at least 1 point (on a 36 point scale)
- 487,749 low-income students were given the opportunity to take the ACT for free with a fee waiver.
- 72% of these students took advantage of their fee waiver in pursuit of their postsecondary goals
2019 State Briefings
The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018
The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2017
The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2016
The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2015
The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2014
The Condition of College and Career Readiness 2013
The Importance of Behavioral Skills and Navigation Factors for Education and Work Success
Profiles of STEM Students: Persisters, Joiners, Changers, and Departers
ACT Composite Score by Parental Education Level, 2012-2016
Comparisons of Student Achievement Levels by District Performance and Poverty
The Development of Behavioral Performance Level Descriptors
ACT National Curriculum Survey 2016
Higher Education Research Digest
Predicted Attainment of ACT National Career Readiness Certificates for the 2016 ACT-tested High School Cohort