- Improving College & Career Readiness
- About This Report
- College Readiness
- Educational/Career Aspirations
- Access & Preparation
- Academic Performance
- A First Look at STEM
- Looking Back at the Class of 2012
- Academic Achievement & Academic Behaviors
- Policies & Practices to Increase Readiness
- 2013 ACT National and State Scores
A First Look at STEM
This chart depicts ACT College Readiness Benchmark attainment by student interest in STEM majors/occupations, as defined by the National Science Foundation, from the 2010–2012 national ACT-tested graduating classes (N = 1,167,221). Just over 1 in 10 graduates indicated interest in a STEM major or occupation. In each subject area, greater percentages of STEM-interested graduates met the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks than did their peers. The largest differences in Benchmark attainment rates were in Mathematics (24 percentage points) and Science (20 percentage points).
ACT plans to release a report on the condition of the STEM pipeline in 2013.
Percent of ACT-Tested High School Graduates Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by National Science Foundation STEM Interest
Note: STEM majors/occupations classification is from the National Science Foundation’s STEM Classification of Instructional Programs Crosswalk.
|Subject||STEM (11.6%)||Non-STEM (88.4%)|