ACT Scores Up, More US Students Ready for College

Amanda Paulson, Christian Science Monitor, August 17, 2011

The class of 2011 showed some small gains in their readiness for college, according to a new ACT report released today, but America still has a long way to go before all high school graduates are prepared for college–or a career.

The annual report, which looks at graduates’ performance against four “college readiness benchmarks” in English, reading, math, and science, found that 25 percent of graduates who took the ACT met or surpassed the benchmarks in all four subjects, compared with 24 percent last year. It was the third consecutive year of improvement.

At the same time, 28 percent of graduates didn’t meet the benchmark in any of the four subjects, and another 15 percent met it in just one.

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The ACT’s college-readiness benchmarks–based on actual grades earned by students–are the minimum scores that indicate a student has a 75 percent chance of earning a C or better, or a 50 percent chance of earning a B or better, in a first-year credit-bearing college course.

{snip} This year, a record 1.6 million students in the 2011 class took the exam.

The small improvement that was made in meeting benchmarks came mostly from improvement in math and science–but those remain the two subject areas where students struggle the most. Whereas 66 percent of graduates who took the test met the college-readiness benchmark in English, for instance, just 30 percent did in science, and 45 percent in math. (Last year, those numbers were 29 percent and 43 percent, respectively.)

The results also showed a significant race-based achievement gap. Just 4 percent of African-Americans met the benchmarks in all four subjects, compared with 11 percent of Hispanics and American Indians, 15 percent of Pacific Islanders, 31 percent of whites, and 41 percent of Asian-Americans. At least 50 percent of African-American, Hispanic, and American-Indian students didn’t meet any of the four benchmarks.

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[Editor’s Note: View the original ACT report here. Also, it is worth noting that, since 2009, the percentage of blacks who met all four College Readiness Benchmarks remained unchanged at 4 percent. By contrast, the percentage of Hispanics who met all four benchmarks increased from 10 to 11 percent and that of whites increased from 28 to 31 percent. In 2009, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders were grouped in the same category and 36 percent met all four benchmarks. In 2011, the two groups were reported separately: 41 percent of Asians Americans achieved all four benchmarks, compared to only 15 percent of Pacific Islanders. It appears much of the improvement in the overall rate of college readiness over the past two years is attributable to whites and possibly Asians, and to a lesser degree to Hispanics.]

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  • Detroit WASP

    Tell the 4% of blacks ready for college that “race is just a social construct” so shake it off and try harder! As if!

  • clinging to my white privilege

    The tragic part of news like this is that while we see it as proving that Race Realism is based on Race Reality and that White America has been ripped off by the trillion$ to elevate the African in our midst, it also gives a deadly ammunition to our worst enemies who are must better at “doing more” with more of our money than we are at celebration and defending our White Privilege.

    We lose even when we win. That’s why they call it the Diversity Curse.

  • El Cerotito

    It IS racial!!!! No amount of culture, educational emphasis, remedial classes, or anything else is going to change the fact that blacks, Mexicans, and Native Americans score lower than whites or Asians. White privilege is nonsense. Does that mean there’s also “Asian privilege”? The PC libs are stupidly pounding square pegs into round holes, as usual — it has never worked in the past, it isn’t working now, and it will never work in the future. Put the “less academically inclined” into voc ed schools and let the brightest and best go to college. Anyone who needs remedial classes does not deserve to be there.

  • Milton

    I don’t know how YOU feel about this but I see RACISM written all over it.

    It’s obvious to me the tests are slanted when questions like those below are used.

    1. Who was America’s first president?

    2. Is California part of Nebraska?

    3. If you have six apples and sell a half of dozen for ten cents each, how many apples will you have left to sell.

    4. What is Mozart known for:

    A: Inventing the wheel? B: Music C: Opening America’s first KFC?

  • HH

    You ever notice that in those years when there is a lot of focus on wide-spread cheating, grade-altering/falsification scandals, etc., there is a notable dearth of all these grand declarations of miraculous Black academic achievement and improvement. Hmmmmm…suppose there could be a connection?

    And so this “gap” remains the same. I can’t imagine why…

  • Varina

    To #4, Milton – Are these actual questions from the tests or are they a joke? I’m serious, are these questions real? If they’re real, we’re in even worse shape than I thought.

    Please let us know.

    Thank you,

    Varina

  • Anonymous

    Many act as if Afro-Americans were not treated unfairly in the past , and some of the poor performance are the legacy of that mistreatment. They were forbidden from learning to read and then to even read certain books . It was in January of this year ,for example, that Ronald Mcnair , one of the astronaunts killed in 1986 was honored by a library where he made a scene because blacks were not allowed to borrow science books.

    Blacks during slavery didnot have a choice on the person they had

    children with, and their masters desire was to have strong slaves.

  • rjf101

    “The class of 2011 showed some small gains in their readiness for college, according to a new ACT report released today, but America still has a long way to go before all high school graduates are prepared for college—or a career.”

    I hate the modern-day idea that every single high school graduate NEEDS to go on to college. College is a waste of time for many, and society needs mechanics, policemen, soldiers, etc., all respectable professions that do NOT require any college-level education. We have so many college graduates that a Bachelor’s degree no longer guarantees you a position at a fast-food joint, let alone a good job. I think that we as a society should encourage most male children to enter trade professions, and most women to become housewives and mothers. Push only the finest students to achieve a college education.

    I’ve taken half a dozen AP (college-preparatory) classes so far, and honestly I’m not sure if I want to go to college at all. I could easily get a Master’s degree in American or European History (I’ve already passes the college American History class with a 95% average), but I don’t see what the point is. What good is a History degree?

    There’s nothing wrong with being a working man or a married woman. The sooner our government realizes that not everyone is destined to be a doctor or a lawyer, the better.

  • Anonymous

    Look these ACT tests are clearly focused on WHITEY culture. Here is a more fair black test

    “As a crack dealer you have 2 grams of crack which you need to sell for 100 dollars to pay off your boss or he’ll bust a cap in ya ass. The street price is 10 dollars per gram. You also have one whore who approaches you and tells you she can sell the crack for 50 dollars a gram. You:”

    a) Give the crack to your whore

    b) cut the crack 5:1 with talcum powder producing 10 grams of cut crack

    c) Try to sell the crack for 50 dollars a gram

    d) Bitch slap your whore. DAMN everyone knows you dont give a crack whore crack

    The answer is D

  • Howard W. Campbell

    Time & Place: Mid-1980’s in a high school auditorium. Six out of 50 something people pass the ASVAB test at my high school. My recruiter shakes his head because he knows that mining my school for potential recruits is quickly going to become a dry well. The poor guy had one school that did not have one person pass the test the previous 4 years. In the 1980’s, the military didn’t want people with IQ’s of 75 cleaning toilets on a ship, much less trying to fix multimillion dollar computer systems. People who were marginal then probably wouldn’t be admitted now.

    In the world of economics, there is a thing known as a “Giffen Good”. It is something where demand rises as the price increases. Ivy League schools are something of this type of good. Lowering the price will make people think that the quality has dropped. Non Asian Minorities who can function well in business or academia could also be classified in this manner. Imagine a NAM graduating from business school at Harvard, Wharton, CBS, or some other really top tier school. Could this individual command a salary premium well above his/her white classmate? Would companies get into bidding wars for this man/woman when Hunter with his 3.75 GPA could do the job just as well?

    “The results also showed a significant race-based achievement gap. Just 4 percent of African-Americans met the benchmarks in all four subjects, compared with 11 percent of Hispanics and American Indians, 15 percent of Pacific Islanders, 31 percent of whites, and 41 percent of Asian-Americans. At least 50 percent of African-American, Hispanic, and American-Indian students didn’t meet any of the four benchmarks.”

    Don’t the (old style) SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GRE. ASVAB, etc. come up with similar grading curves? If 4 percent can truly do college work, then that is who should be admitted. At least that group wouldn’t feel stigmatized with the thought of “does that white guy think I am here on merit or AA?” If I were a minority, I would probably have taken the same grades and SAT score and parlayed that into a full ride scholarship somewhere. Diversity at all costs will eventually lead to ruination.

  • Anonymous

    “Put the “less academically inclined” into voc ed schools and let the brightest and best go to college.”

    Please. Welfare and underground economy money are vastly superior to racking up 250 grand in debt and lost wages to become a government/corporate slave to the politically correct agenda.

    Blacks know what the hell they’re doing. They are the least brainwashed and most fertile of all ethnic groups, IQ be damned. The best and the brightest go to vocational schools.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a welcome addition that they’ve seperated pacific islanders from the general group of Asian Americans(dominated by the upper crust of Indian and East Asian immigrants, so naturally a bit biased to the upside).

    I would also like to see grouping among whites.

    In America, even Arabs(!) are counted as ‘white’. As are quite a few Central Asians like people from Azerbaijan.

    If they split Europeans and then took off the others, we’d likely see much higher scores.

    Also, even if we break up the Europeans I wouldn’t be surprised to see even higher scores for Northern Europeans like Germans, Dutch, Scandinavians etc.

  • Blaak Obongo

    Anonymous burbled:

    “Blacks during slavery didnot have a choice on the person they had

    children with, and their masters desire was to have strong slaves.”

    Bzzzt: Earth to Anonymous: Slavery ended in 1865.

    Anyone else notice how many of these ingenuous trolls are popping up lately? Somebody’s starting to worry.

  • Anonymous

    #13 “Slavery ended in 1865”

    And today Afro-Americans in schools are descendants of these ‘strong’ slaves.

    There are people are alive to day whose parents or grandparents

    were born before 1865

  • Anonymous

    “7 — Anonymous wrote at 11:03 PM on August 17:

    Many act as if Afro-Americans were not treated unfairly in the past , and some of the poor performance are the legacy of that mistreatment. They were forbidden from learning to read and then to even read certain books . It was in January of this year ,for example, that Ronald Mcnair , one of the astronauts killed in 1986 was honored by a library where he made a scene because blacks were not allowed to borrow science books.

    Blacks during slavery did not have a choice on the person they had children with, and their masters desire was to have strong slaves.”

    And what pray tell is the excuse of the blacks that rioted in London? What about the blacks living in tin huts with no running water (like George Obama) what is the excuse for their failure to invent the wheel before whites ever appeared in Africa? This ought to be good.

  • Anonymous

    >>15

    The rioters included a diverse group of people and

    was a small percentage of the residents in London. That most were black, it started after a black man was killed. The rioting

    is not worse than World War 2 which left 70 million dead,

    the French Revolution which left million killed and the 30 year

    war after the Reformation which led to up to 40 percent of the German population murdered.

    As for blacks living in hut, there are people in certain countries in Asia that live in hut. Yet , China is on it ways to

    become the next superpower and many of our Putnam Fellows and USA

    Math Olympiad winners are Asians.

    On invention , only a minute percentage of people are responsible for many of the inventions of the past. European

    nations had the wealth of the world in his hands through colonization and slavery. The Industrial Revolution , according to many historian was spawned by wealth obtained from slavery.

    As for blacks making excuse , no one makes more excuse than many

    posters here and elsewhere. You read often, that they are losing the USA , Europe , Canada, and Australia due to actions of others. There was a poster on Amren who claimed that he was happy he was in his 60s , so he would not be around to witness the change to come . And these excuses are coming from those who belong to the majority and are in power.

  • Ghost in the Machine

    On invention , only a minute percentage of people are responsible for many of the inventions of the past. European nations had the wealth of the world in his hands through colonization and slavery.

    I’ve never read such a bunch of stupid blather in my life! Is this what is being taught to you in schools and universities? If so, you have been lied to.

    You are wrong and your teachers are wrong. The Industrial Revolution came about because of the IDEAS of Whites, not via wealth “obtained through slavery and colonization.” Here are a few of the ideas that made the technology and freedoms you enjoy today possible:

    1. Rationalism, self-criticism and the disinterested search for truth. Separation of church and state, respect for the rule of law and equality under the law; freedom of thought and expression, human rights, liberal democracy, and, importantly, respect for private property

    No one except European whites came up with these ideas and a radical, superior economic system that unleashed the human spirit making the Industrial and Technological Revolutions possible.

    2. The white West abolished slavery. Black Africans and Arabs sold black prisoners into slavery and did not want the lucrative slave trade to end.

    3. White civilization secured rights and freedoms for women and blacks unimaginable 100 years ago. White civilization defends the rights of the individual. You are free to think what you want, read what you want, practice your religion and life your life as you see fit.

    These radical notions were made possible only by whites and white civilizations. It led to the creation of the freest, most prosperous nations on earth in N. Europe, America, South Africa, NZ, Australia and anywhere else whites fomented civilizations. Why do you think denizens of the Third World are breaking down our doors to live amongst us “evil, slave-holding” whites?

    The great advances in medicine, made possibly only in white civilizations, doubled life expectancies world wide. You have access to clean water, antibiotics and ample food only because of the innovation and creations of the white west.

    The Industrial Revolution , according to many historian was spawned by wealth obtained from slavery.

    Laughable!

    According to whom? Show your sources.

    NO serous historian believes that “wealth” obtained from slavery spawned the Industrial Revolution. You are a racist who doesn’t want to give credit to whites for creating the modern technological world, including the computer on which you’re typing. Without whites, you’d be living in the dirt somewhere drinking polluted water and swatting at flies. Your life expectancy would be about 30, if that.

    Don’t worry, you and the rest of the modern world are about to return to those conditions.

    As for blacks making excuse (sic) , no one makes more excuse (sic) than many

    posters here and elsewhere. You read often, that they are losing the USA , Europe , Canada, and Australia due to actions of others. And these excuses are coming from those who belong to the majority and are in power.

    You are wrong. We whites may be in the majority for the moment but we are not in power. We are beholden to a tiny, white-hating elite that controls the government, media and academia. Power has been out of our hands for 30 years.

    What you don’t seem to get is that we whites made the lifestyle you enjoy entirely possible. Only a VERY small percentage of whites were involved in the slave industry, 2-5%. We fought the bloodiest war on our own soil to put an end to it.

    You blacks owe us a debt of gratitude for the lifestyles you enjoy today You have more wealth and opportunities in white societies than in any black/Asian/Latino culture on earth and what do you do? Attack us in every way possible, up to and including vicious murder-tortures.

    Don’t worry. We whites are about to become a small minority in the societies we created and are being genocided. You’ll have your wish and all of us “evil slave holders” will be gone.

    I’m sure your new overlords, be they Asian or Latino, will continue to pander to you just as we whites did, continue to honor the largesse we whites showered upon you, bow to your demands to be hired without qualifications, agree to transfer a large portion of THEIR wealth straight to you to support your large, violent underclass and welcome having you and your children in neighborhoods and schools with them and next to their children.

    Maybe then you’ll “get” that we whites were the best friends you blacks ever had.

  • Anonymous

    Well, stand bye for these scores to start plunging for everyone as Obummer starts issuing waivers for standardized testing. The public schools where I live are a complete disaster already…but once there is NO accountability at all, they’ll be lucky to have children smart enough to read the exit sign to go home…….

  • Anonymous

    #17 wrote ‘ According to Whom? show your sources’

    “Without the slave trade and colonization, Europe would never had made the kind of breakthrough it did.”(page 17, from the book When China Rules the World). The author is Martin Jacques. For him and others the wealth generated from slavery and colonization led to the Industrial Revolution.

  • Ghost in the Machine

    The author is Martin Jacques. For him and others the wealth generated from slavery and colonization led to the Industrial Revolution.

    Laughable!

    Of course, Martin Jacques would say such; he is an avowed Marxist.

    Here is his bio:

    Martin Jacques was born in October 1945 in Coventry and raised there by Communist Party parents. He joined the Young Communist League Communist Party in 1961 when he was still just 15 In 1962, he attended a youth summer camp in the German Democratic Republic, about which he wrote a cheery travelogue report for the school magazine without once mentioning the word `Communism.’

    He was editor of the Communist Party of Great Britain journal, Marxism Today from 1977 until its closure in 1991.

    According to the Washington Post, Jacques was trained in Marxist historical analysis. The Daily Mail refers to Jacques as a Marxist fellow of the London School of Economics.

    As for the Industrial Revolution: Economics follows Law. Got that?? Economics follows Law. British Common Law — the law common to ALL, the other great gift the English gave to the world, laid down the conditions that made the Industrial Revolution possible — NOT the slave trade or colonization.

    A economic system is the result of its legal system.

    Your source, Frère Jacques, is a believer and follower of a human crushing system that has been responsible for more deaths, poverty and misery in the 20th century than any other.

    http://goo.gl/8UcWc

    Enough said.

  • Anonymous

    #10 wrote ‘… Enough said’

    You can chastise Mr. Jacques as much as you like but it doesnt change the fact .

    I have several sources that have proven that slavery , piracy , colonization and the dispossession of natives create the wealth to spawn the Industrial Revolution.

    Here is another ‘Various scholars primarily concerned with non-European locales have argued that the financial assets accumulated through slave -trading piracy and similar activities were crucial to the funding of the Industrial Revolution(page 186 from the book ‘The Great Divergence: China , Europe and the Making of The Modern World Economy)”. This author is Kenneth Pomeranz). I have not even look at the wealth that Britian obtained from India, one of Britian most valuable possessions.

  • Ghost in the Machine

    I have several sources that have proven that slavery , piracy , colonization and the dispossession of natives create the wealth to spawn the Industrial Revolution.

    What you mean is this: I have several Marxist, statist, antiwhite sources that have proved…

    You have obviously drunk the government’s kool-aid of rewritten, anti-white history. History books used in high schools and colleges today have been twisted by antiwhite socialists such as Howard Zinn who write their own versions of historical events through Marxist lenses.

    Most champion the “William’s Thesis” (along with Marx and Hobson): That capitalism and the British Industrial Revolution were fueled, if not begun, by the overseas slave trade.

    Williams was black, a quickly promoted and lauded professor at Howard University. He WAS NOT an economist. His book Capitalism and Slavery was not always accurate, his arguments exaggerated and flawed in many cases, argued from a moral basis, not an economic standpoint, with his prose highly emotive. Williams equated capitalism with stealing and evil and is lauded in modern times because he cried out for social justice.

    His claims that slavery and sugar made a substantial contribution to British capital accumulation have never been proven.

    http://goo.gl/sNKVS

    The notions of social justice, evil white colonialism, noble black natives are perfect for today’s socialist teachers, university professors and rewritten textbooks. No wonder Willams’ thesis is experiencing a revival despite the fact that a majority of scholars working on British industrialization are highly critical of William’s thesis.

    The Industrial Revolution produced the wealth that enabled the British to colonize approximately 1/3 of the world. Neither you nor the marxist can change that fact.

    Follow the link above for a number of scholars, including economists, opposed to William’s Thesis.

  • Anonymous

    #21 wrote ‘Williams was black’.

    Does that discredits his theory?

    None of the authors I mentioned is Afro-American or has included Professor Williams research in their findings that wealth generated from colonization and slavery triggered the Industrial Revolution.

    “The Industrial Revolution produced the wealth that enabled the British to colonize 1/3 of the world.”

    It seems that you are proud of colonization.

    The First British Empire (1583-1783)

    Where Britian established colonies in the Caribbean and elswhere . So much wealth came from these colonies resulting in a series of Anglo-Dutch war

    The First Industrial Revolution (1780s-1840s)

    Apparently the colonization occured before the Industrial Revolution. So the Industrial Revolution didnot lead to colonization. Rather colonization enabled it.

    The rivalry among Europen countries over colonies was because they were profitable.

    This is from Mythili Kannan in his article ‘The stolen wealth of India During British Rule’. ‘Even Williams Dugby and British

    historians agreed that without ‘Venture Capital ‘ which was looted from Bengal , the Industrial Revolution might not have

    happened’

    Note that British India was considered Britian most valuable colony.

  • Ghost in the Machine

    #21 wrote ‘Williams was black’.

    Does that discredits his theory?

    Yes. Because Willam’s thesis is WRONG.

    He didn’t understand economics because he wasn’t an economist. Did you read my above posts? Williams is laughed at today by most British historians and economists! He exaggerated his figures, his arguments were flawed and based on “social justice” theory and not reality.

    It seems that you are proud of colonization.

    I am

    Portions of all the continents, arguably excepting Antarctica, have been conquered and seized by Caucasians.

    Those groups that communicate the best, organize the best, devise the best weapons and tools, and develop a culture that binds them together, survive and prosper, and those who do not, perish. Conquest accelerated man’s evolution. It is the accomplishments and sacrifices of whites that have made the vast expansion of the other races possible.

    –Erectus Walks Amongst Us

    And, if you are Indian, you owe a debt of gratitude to the British:

    The British dragged India into the modern technological age. The result

    was that the country was in a few years transformed: the White British built railway lines, telegraph wires, bridges, roads, irrigation systems and postal services and masses of other essential infrastructures on the sub-continent.

    –Erectus Walks Amongst Us

    Imagine the utter hell hole Indian would be today if the British had never set foot there!

    None of the authors I mentioned is Afro-American or has included Professor Williams research in their findings that wealth generated from colonization and slavery triggered the Industrial Revolution.

    All of their writings are in support of William’s basic theory. They are defenders of William’s theory. And they are wrong.

    Posters like you never cease to amuse me. You foolishly come onto White Nationalist-type sites to “educate” us racist, troglodyte whites as to our evil history and evil ways. What is your purpose? To “set us straight?” Well, you didn’t do a very good job!

    You are an antiwhite racist and hater who will go to any length, including distorting and rewriting white history to “prove” that whites are the scourge of the earth.

    I wish more nonwhites felt this way you do about us; maybe then they would stay out of white homelands, stop demanding to live around us evil, violent whites, stop colonizing our neighborhoods, attending our schools and making use of our technology.

    Yes, you have indeed educated us whites! I am now more racist than ever toward jealous nonwhites who could never in a million years create or achieve or build what we whites have. All you want to do is steal it from us and claim it for yourselves.

    Hypocrites

  • Anonymous

    #24 wrote “I am ” (proud of colonization)

    I guess what goes around come around as UK, the biggest colonizer

    will have more non-whites than whites by 2065.

    And many ‘white nationalists’ consider that colonization.

    “Portion of all the continents, arguably excepting Antarctica have been conquered and seized by Caucasians”

    Exactly , and thats where the resources came from ,according to historians including many white historians, to finance the Industrial Revolution.

    “I wish more nonwhites felt this way about us”

    I believe that the vast majority of whites in America (over 95 percent ) are decent human being. Many non-whites believe so too. But that doesnot change the fact about where the wealth came from that spawn the Industrial Revolution and that the past actions towards nonwhites and even some whites by white colonizers and slave drivers were deplorable.

    Are there people who ignore facts out of jealously? Sure, you will find some who do. But many who made that claim that piracy,

    slavery, colonization , provided the wealth for the Industrial Revolution are white historians.

  • Ghost in the Machine

    Final Post.

    Yes, and the UK will be one more misogynistic, authoritarian, repressive totalitarian state ruled over by Moslems; England is already a police state. The first thing they’ll shut down is the Internet and impose Sharia Law. There will be no respect for individual life.

    There will be no rule of law or equality under the law, freedom of speech or of the press, all property will belong to the state, all people serfs. 1,000 years of British History will be gone. Hell, people like you are already re-writing the history of Whites.

    I believe that the vast majority of whites in America (over 95 percent ) are decent human being.

    The vast majority of whites do not want to be race-replaced by nonwhites. We want an immediate end to nonwhite immigration, legal and illegal. We resent paying for a large, lazy, non-productive nonwhite underclass. We prefer to live among our own kind, do not want our neighborhoods colonized by nonwhite foreign nationals.

    We did not do this to ourselves; it was done to us by a hostile elite that wishes us wiped off the face of the earth. They only feel safe when whites are a tiny minority or nonexistent. They hate us in a way that is difficult to understand.

    What they did to Russia after the revolution, which they fomented, they plan to do to us — genocide.

    FTR:

    You will NEVER convince me that slavery and colonization provided the capital for the Industrial Revolution. You have not made your case because there is no case to be made for this ridiculous argument.

    The British were conquering the world with battleships and the Brown Bess rifle while the rest of the world was using bows and arrow. IOW, the Industrial Revolution was already well under way. The “fruits” of slavery never constituted more than 5% of the British economy.

    We whites are smart, creative, organized and innovative. We have gifted the world with first world technology and medicine and economic systems that work, expanding lifespans everywhere. Only we cleaned up the water supply when we discovered germ theory and anti-biotics.

    When we are gone, the world will return to its natural state — one of brutal, ongoing warfare, brutal, repressive governance, high infant mortality, disease and poverty. Welcome to the new white-free NWO. Hope you feel safe.