Only a third of California high school students who graduated in 2013 could be considered college-ready, according to a report released by ACT Inc., the organization that administers the ACT exam.
About 33 percent of the students tested in California met all four college-readiness benchmarks in the following subjects: English, reading, math and science. The benchmarks show the minimum scores needed on the four subject tests to signify a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or better or a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or better in corresponding college courses.
Of the 107,243 high school graduates who took the test in California, 72 percent met the standard in English, 51 percent in reading, 58 percent in mathematics and 41 percent in science. All percentages were higher than the corresponding nationwide averages.
These numbers have risen over the past few years, however. Between 2009 and 2013, the percentage of California high school students who met all four benchmarks for the test increased from 29 to 33 percent.