Information Brief 2012-7

ACT College Readiness Benchmark Attainment in Science by Race/Ethnicity and Income

The ACT College Readiness Benchmarks indicate readiness for credit-bearing first-year college coursework in English, reading, mathematics, and science. In science, 30% of ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates met the ACT College Readiness Benchmark, while 66% met the Benchmark in English, 45% met the Benchmark in mathematics and 52% met the Benchmark in reading. The following chart shows how ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates’ college readiness in science varies with family income and race/ethnicity.

Percentage Meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks by Race/Ethnicity and Income—Science

$100,000 and up
Race/Ethnicity% Meeting Benchmark% Near Benchmark% ≥ 3 pts below
the Benchmark
Asian681319
White511732
Hispanic391744
African American201466
$36,000–$100,000
Race/Ethnicity% Meeting Benchmark% Near Benchmark% ≥ 3 pts below
the Benchmark
Asian481735
White361846
Hispanic201565
African American101080
Less than $36,000
Race/Ethnicity% Meeting Benchmark% Near Benchmark% ≥ 3 pts below
the Benchmark
Asian301555
White211564
Hispanic81082
African American4690

Note: Based on data from 1,109,900 ACT-tested 2011 high school graduates in these racial/ethnic groups who reported family income. This count reflects a nonresponse rate of about 24% for these groups and may not be representative of the underlying population of ACT-tested high school graduates.

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