The United Negro College Fund and the American College Testing Program have released a new report, The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014: African American Students. The report finds that African American high school graduates are less prepared for college-level curriculum than students from any other major racial or ethnic group.
The study found that 34 percent of Black high school graduates met college-readiness benchmarks in English. In reading levels, only 16 percent of Black high school graduates were deemed college ready. In mathematics only 14 percent met the college-readiness benchmark and in science the figure was 10 percent. In all four subject areas, Black high school graduates had lower readiness benchmarks than every other racial or ethnic group. In three of the four subject areas, the college-readiness score for Hispanics was double the rate for African Americans.
Only 10 percent of all Black high school graduates met the college-readiness benchmarks in at least three of the four subject areas. For Hispanics the figure was 24 percent and nearly half of all White high school graduates were deemed college ready in at least three of the four subject areas.