The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014

January 4, 2015

Are U.S. high school graduates ready for college and postsecondary training?

Using the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and scores from the national ACT assessment, this report offers a series of graphical pictures highlighting the college and career readiness of the ACT-tested high school class of 2014.


Some Key Findings (excerpted): 

Who Took the ACT? Nationally, 1,845,787 students—or 57 percent of the 2014 US graduating class—took the ACT. This represents an 18 percent increase in the number of ACT-tested graduates since 2010.  The diversity of the test-taking population has increased: the percentage of Hispanic ACT-tested graduates in 2014 was larger than in 2010, while the percentage of Caucasian ACT-tested graduates in 2014 was smaller.


Among the national 2014 ACT-tested graduating class, 18 percent were potential first-generation college students whose parents did not enroll in postsecondary education.


Still, the results reflect the achievement of only those tested, not the entire graduating class.


Some of the Results:  

·  86 percent of test-takers say they aspire to attend college or postsecondary education.

·  Only 26 percent of test-takers met all four college readiness benchmarks; 31 percent met none of the benchmarks.

·  The percent of graduates meeting the ACT College Readiness Benchmarks remained relatively steady this year.

·  The findings point to strong opportunities to improve college and career readiness in the areas of reading and science.


Read the full report: