College Readiness Benchmark Attainment by State

The chart below shows the percentage of ACT-tested graduates in each state who met or exceeded the College Readiness Benchmark score in all four subjects and in each subject separately.

State Number of
Graduates
Tested
All 4 English Math Reading Science
National 1568835 24 66 43 52 29
Alabama 36624 18 66 31 47 23
Alaska 2228 26 65 47 55 31
Arizona 23303 19 56 39 46 23
Arkansas 24578 18 64 35 47 23
California 90371 31 73 57 58 35
Colorado 52115 23 62 39 51 28
Connecticut 10453 39 86 65 70 45
Delaware 1213 35 80 57 64 40
District of Columbia 1523 24 53 35 42 25
Florida 113480 16 54 34 43 20
Georgia 39436 21 64 40 49 26
Hawaii 3054 25 70 52 53 30
Idaho 10647 26 72 47 60 32
Illinois 145520 23 64 40 48 27
Indiana 18787 31 75 56 62 36
Iowa 22943 30 77 51 61 37
Kansas 23342 28 74 51 60 34
Kentucky 45763 16 55 28 40 21
Louisiana 35601 16 65 31 45 22
Maine 1611 36 82 62 67 41
Maryland 11924 32 73 53 59 37
Massachusetts 14736 41 86 70 71 46
Michigan 120930 19 56 33 40 25
Minnesota 44323 35 79 61 65 42
Mississippi 26887 10 53 20 34 14
Missouri 48290 26 73 44 57 32
Montana 6222 28 74 51 62 34
Nebraska 16172 29 76 50 60 35
Nevada 6656 25 70 48 58 30
New Hampshire 2685 40 85 65 70 45
New Jersey 19177 36 82 64 65 40
New Mexico 12679 17 59 32 47 22
New York 50262 40 80 66 66 46
North Carolina 14673 30 70 55 58 34
North Dakota 5882 24 71 48 56 31
Ohio 89275 28 72 48 58 34
Oklahoma 28343 19 67 34 52 25
Oregon 11579 27 66 48 57 33
Pennsylvania 24323 30 72 53 58 34
Rhode Island 1405 33 80 56 65 38
South Carolina 19914 18 58 37 43 22
South Dakota 6871 28 74 50 58 35
Tennessee 66552 16 59 27 43 20
Texas 92615 24 61 46 48 29
Utah 24824 26 74 45 61 32
Vermont 2054 36 80 61 66 43
Virginia 19236 31 76 53 61 37
Washington 12897 36 79 61 67 41
West Virginia 11569 18 71 32 54 24
Wisconsin 47755 31 75 53 60 38
Wyoming 5533 17 58 34 45 23

In spring 2009, all public high school 11th graders in the states of Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wyoming were tested with the ACT as required by each state. Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wyoming students who met ACT's 2010 graduating class criteria are included in the 2010 graduating class average score results. Consistent with ACT's reporting policies, graduating class test results are reported only for students tested under standard time conditions.


College Readiness Benchmark Scores

A benchmark score is the minimum score needed on an ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses, which include English Composition, Algebra, Social Science, and Biology.

College Course or Course Area Test ACT Score
English Composition English 18
Algebra Mathematics 22
Social Science Reading 21
Biology Science 24