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Monday, March 31, 2014

ACT Report of College and Career Readiness

Each year, ACT provides an analysis of the college and career readiness of US high school graduates based on ACT® college readiness assessment results from the high school graduating class.

ACT expands on this important research with an in-depth look at the academic readiness of African American students. Key report findings include:

  • Nearly all African American students (86%) report that they aspire to earn a post secondary degree.
  • 62% of African American students met none of the four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks.
  • Only 10% of African American students met at least three of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks.
  • After high school, 63% of African American students immediately enroll in some form of post secondary education. However, only 62% of African American students who complete their first year of post secondary education persist into the second year.
This report shines a light on the need to improve college and career readiness for African American students while also addressing policies to assist these students with the challenges they may face.

The ACT Team 

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