Information Brief 2012-32
ACT College Readiness Benchmark Attainment by Annual Family Income Level 2012
Socioeconomic status has a substantial effect on academic success. Consistent with prior findings,1 the following chart shows the distribution of students’ self-reported family income and how their attainment of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in English, mathematics, reading, and science varies with family income. Approximately 45% of the graduates’ families have annual incomes less than $50,000.
ACT College Readiness Benchmark Attainment by Annual Family Income Level
|Family Income Level||All ACT-Tested Students||ACT-Tested Students Meeting All 4 Benchmarks|
|Less than $24K||18.3%||8.71%|
|More than $150K||7.3%||49.2%|
Note: Based on data from 1,207,240 ACT-tested 2012 high school graduates who reported family income. This count reflects a nonresponse rate of about 28% and may not be representative of the underlying population of ACT-tested high school graduates.
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