Information Brief 2013-23

ACT College Readiness Benchmark Attainment by Annual Family Income Level 2013

Academic success and socioeconomic status are known to be strongly related. Consistent with prior findings,1 the following chart shows the distribution of students’ self-reported family income as well as their attainment of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in all four subject areas (English, mathematics, reading and science) by annual family income level. Over 45% of ACT-tested 2013 high school graduates have annual family incomes less than $50,000.

ACT College Readiness Benchmark Attainment by Annual Family Income Level

Family Income LevelAll ACT-Tested StudentsACT-Tested Students Meeting All 4 Benchmarks
Less than $24K18.33%9%
About $24K–$36K14.81%12.71%
About $36K–50K12.62%19.19%
About $50K–60K9.21%23.3%
About $60K–$80K12.63%28.81%
About $80K–$100K10.91%34.23%
About $100K–$120K8.17%40.07%
About $120K–$150K5.39%43.17%
More than $150K7.93%51.14%

Note: Based on data from 1,293,203 ACT-tested 2013 high school graduates who reported family income. This count reflects a nonresponse rate of 28% and may not be representative of the underlying population of ACT-tested high school graduates.

1 See ACT Information Briefs 2012-1 and 2012-32.


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