Posted on 09/01/2015 at 09:13 AM by Liz Determan

If you got to the ACT website you will find a great infographic which reflects ACT’s report on how our students are doing on the ACT and what it reflects as students are preparing to head to college.  Are they ready?  What is the likelihood of their academic success?  What do the statistics tell us?

In 2015 there were 1.9 million students that took the ACT – more than any other college admission assessment available.  86% of the 2015 graduates indicated they were planning on attending a postsecondary program.  According to the criteria established by ACT in determining if our students are college ready, the following percentages were reported:

    31% - met zero ACT College Readiness Benchmarks

    15% - met only one ACT College Readiness Benchmarks

    14% - met just two 

    12% - met exactly three and

    28% - met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks.

The average ACT Composite score is 21.0 on a scale of 1 to 36.  ACT defines readiness as “the acquisition of the knowledge and skills a student needs to enroll and succeed in credit-bearing first-year courses at a postsecondary institution (such as a 2- or 4-year college, trade school, or technical school) without the need for remediation.

What we need to determine is whether the benchmarks set by ACT is an accurate reflection of what students need to be met for success in college.

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