Information Brief 2012-36
ACT College Readiness Benchmark Attainment by Career Interests and Race/Ethnicity 2012
The chart below shows how attainment of all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in English, mathematics, reading, and science among ACT-tested 2012 high school graduates varies with occupational choice across racial/ethnic groups. Like in 2011, the percentage of students who met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks varies substantially both by occupational choice and by racial/ethnic group.1
Percentage Meeting All 4 College Readiness Benchmarks by Occupational Choice
|Occupational Choice||African American||Asian||Hispanic||White|
|Applied Arts (Visual)||2.89%||20.45%||6.57%||20.47%|
|Engineering & Technologies||7.70%||45.33%||20.61%||48.14%|
|Medical Diagnosis & Treatment||11.16%||58.60%||21.28%||41.39%|
|Natural Science & Technologies||8.51%||50.62%||20.80%||42.84%|
Note: The data for All Students are based on approximately 1.6 million ACT-tested 2012 high school graduates. All other data are based on a subset of 969,733 of the “All Students” who reported an occupational choice and were very sure or sure about their choice. About 9 percent of those students were very sure or fairly sure about their choice but did not specify it.
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