The 2013 ACT College and Career Readiness percentages are not encouraging. Only 26% of the high schools graduates tested met all the four ACT College Readiness benchmarks (www.act.org/readiness/2013).
The percentages of the 2013 high school graduates who met individual subject College benchmarks were as follows: English 64%, Reading 43%, Mathematics 44% and Science 36%.
The numbers are not impressive, and not much different from 2012. What worries most is whether the graduation rates are matched with quality education. The answer is most likely not. 74% of the tested graduates were not college ready.
Furthermore, only 5% of African American, and 14% of Hispanics tested graduates met all the four college readiness benchmarks compared with 33% of White and 43% of Asian high school graduates met all the college readiness benchmarks.
It is not clear why many of the minority students, especially African American students continue to lack behind. It is obvious many of them are not college ready at the end of high school.