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Asian students aced ACT college readiness benchmarks

Published: May 7, 2014, 12:27 pm, by Carol McGraw

Asian high school grads beat all other  groups in meeting college readiness benchmarks  for  English, reading, math and science in 2013 according to a study by ACT.

The report shows that 58 percent of 2013 Asian high school graduates met at least three of the  College Readiness benchmarks, compared to 39 percent of all ACT- tested graduates. Only 18 percent of Asian students met no benchmarks, compared to 31 percent of all tested students.

The benchmarks indicate the minimum scores students earn on the above ACT subjects to have a 75 percent chance of earning a grade of C or higher in typical  first year college courses. those who are most likely t o earn a  college degree.

The findings, according to an ACT email announcement:

-81 percent of Asian students completed ACT core curriculum compared to 74  percent of all tested students.

-Approximately 85 percent of Asian students aspire to earn some sort of postsecondary degree, and 53 percent want to earn a graduate degree.

-78 percent of Asian students immediately enroll in college after high school, and 85 percent complete their first year of college go  on to the second year.

“The overall results are very encouraging and we hope all groups of students can reach similar levels of attainmne4t in the near future, said Scott Montgomery,  ACT vice president.

The study was based on data from 1.8 million  high school studeets who took the ACT tests.

To see the report