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Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Minorities
NCES 2010-015
July 2010

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Table 15.2c.

Percentage of ACT test-taking population meeting college readiness benchmark scores, by race/ethnicity: 2008

Race/ethnicity All four English
score: 18)
score: 22)
score: 21)
score: 24)
Total1 22 68 43 53 28
White 27 77 49 61 33
Black 3 37 11 21 5
Hispanic 10 49 26 35 13
Asian/Pacific Islander 33 75 63 59 38
American Indian/Alaskan Native 11 52 25 40 16
1 Includes students who did not report their race/ethnicity.
NOTE: College readiness benchmark scores are based on the actual performance of college students and are the minimum ACT subject-area scores associated with a 50 percent chance of earning at least a B or a 75 percent chance of earning at least a C in corresponding college classes. English scores predict performance in English composition, mathematics scores predict performance in algebra, reading scores predict performance in social sciences, and science scores predict performance in biology. 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 2008. 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, 2008.