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Table E-24-1.   Percentage of ACT test-taking population meeting college readiness benchmark scores, by subject, sex, and race/ethnicity: 2010 and 2011

Sex and race/ethnicity   All four subjects   Mathematics   Science   English   Reading
  2010 2011   2010 2011   2010 2011   2010 2011   2010 2011
Total1   24 25   43 45   29 30   66 66   52 52
Sex                              
Male   28 28   48 49   34 34   64 64   51 51
Female   21 22   40 41   25 26   69 69   53 53
                               
Race/ethnicity                              
White   30 31   52 54   36 37   77 77   62 62
Black   4 4   13 14   6 6   34 35   21 21
Hispanic   11 11   27 30   14 15   46 47   34 35
Asian/Pacific Islander   39   68   44   76   61
Asian   2 41   2 71   2 46   2 76   2 62
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander2   2 15   2 36   2 19   2 55   2 39
American Indian/Alaska Native   12 11   26 25   17 15   50 47   39 36
                               
Race/ethnicity by sex                              
Male                              
White   34 35   56 58   42 42   74 74   60 60
Black   4 5   14 15   7 7   30 31   18 19
Hispanic   13 14   32 35   18 18   44 46   34 35
Asian/Pacific Islander   43   72   50   74   61
Asian2   2 44   2 74   2 51   2 74   2 61
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander2   2 18   2 40   2 22   2 52   2 38
American Indian/Alaska Native   15 14   30 29   21 19   47 44   38 35
                               
Female                              
White   27 28   48 50   32 33   80 80   63 64
Black   4 4   12 13   6 6   37 38   23 23
Hispanic   9 9   24 26   11 12   47 49   34 35
Asian/Pacific Islander   36   65   40   78   62
Asian2   2 37   2 69   2 41   2 78   2 63
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander2   2 12   2 32   2 16   2 58   2 39
American Indian/Alaska Native   10 10   22 22   14 12   53 49   40 37
– Not available.
1Total includes other racial/ethnic groups not shown separately in the table.
2Asian and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander estimates are only available as a combined category and cannot be separated.
NOTE: College readiness benchmark scores are based on the actual performance of approximately 90,000 college students from a nationally representative sample of 98 institutions and represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding credit-bearing first-year college courses. These college courses include English Composition, College Algebra, an introductory social science course, and Biology. The benchmarks are median course placement values for these institutions and as such represent a typical set of expectations. The benchmark scores, out of a total possible score of 36, are 18 for English, 21 for Reading, 22 for Mathematics, and 24 for Science. Estimates are based on all students who took the ACT assessment during their sophomore, junior, or senior year and who graduated from high school in the spring of the respective year shown. Test-takers were asked to self-identify a single racial/ethnic group. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: American College Testing Program, ACT National Scores Report, 2010 and 2011.
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