Every year, ACT provides an update on the college and career readiness of ACT-tested high school graduates...
* ACT-tested U.S. high school graduates appear to be making slow but steady progress at becoming ready for college and career. The 2011 ACT test results show a growing % of students meeting all 4 of the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks, increasing 1 % point over last year and 4 % points since 2006. This has occurred as the population of ACT-tested graduates has grown to new levels - up to over 49% of the the 2011 graduating class - and become more diverse.
* The ACT report also indicates there is substantial room for improvement in college and career readiness. Among 2011 ACT-tested graduates, a combined total of 43 % met either none (28%) or only one (15%) of the 4 ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. Those students are lacking many of the skills they will need to succeed in credit-bearing first-year college courses and workforce training programs this fall.
Excerpt from article by Jon Erickson, Interim President, Education Division of the ACT, Inc.