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Hispanic Students Trail Peers in Readiness

Tuesday, July 26, 2016  
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More Hispanic students took the ACT® test and aspired to attend college in 2015 than any prior year, according to a report released today by ACT and Excelencia in Education. Though 82 percent of these students plan to enroll in postsecondary education, their progress in college readiness still trails their peers across the country.

The report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015: Hispanic Students, examines the academic preparation and postsecondary aspirations of Hispanic 2015 high school graduates who took the ACT. Over the past five years (2011–2015), the number of Hispanic high school graduates taking the ACT has increased by 50 percent, to nearly 300,000 students.


Despite a slight increase in Hispanic students meeting ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in at least three of the four core subject areas (English, math, reading, and science)—from 23 to 25 percent from 2011–2015—they still lag behind the 40 percent national average for their peers in 2015.

Report findings include:
• Plateau in English: Compared to 2011, the percentage of Hispanic students meeting the English readiness benchmark has remained steady at 47 percent in 2015.
• Decreases in reading and math: From 2011 to 2015, the percentage meeting the reading benchmark dropped from 35 to 31 percent; in math, 29 percent met the readiness benchmark in 2015, compared to 30 percent five years ago.
• Gains in science: 23 percent of Hispanic students met the science benchmark in 2015, compared to 15 percent in 2011.
• STEM interest: Among Hispanic students, those interested in STEM careers are the most prepared for college, with the highest benchmark achievement rates across all four subjects.

Click here to read the report:

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