ACT Report: Only 21% Of Michigan High School Grads Academically Ready For College

Posted at 7:33 AM, Aug 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-21 07:33:59-04

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Only 21 percent of Michigan high school graduates are ready for college in English, reading, mathematics, and science, according to a new ACT report titled “The Condition Of College Career Readiness.”

When the four subject areas are separated out, the numbers look a little better: 57 percent are prepared in English, 37 percent are ready in reading, 35 percent make standards in math readiness, and 33 percent meet benchmarks in science.

In all four academic areas, Michigan high school graduations ranked lower than national averages.

It may be too late for students to get serious about academics in high school. Students who “take more rigorous curricula” in middle school do much better in high school, said the report.

ACT said that 100 percent of Michigan’s 2013 graduating class took the ACT exam, with a composite score of 19.9.

(Read the PDF report)

Graph: ACT