Saturday, September 08, 2012

National Report on Pacific Islander ACT Scores

ACT Inc. (the company that administers the ACT, which is one of two nationally recognized standardized tests used to measure college readiness) recently released a report on college readiness, measured by the scores of high school seniors who took the ACT. They analyzed their findings in a number of ways, including breaking the scores down by race and ethnicity. 

We were pleased to see that they continue to recognize that Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders are a distinct, unique racial group, and keep our data separate from Asian Americans and other racial groups.  This is important, because it allows policymakers and others to see how Pacific Islanders are doing according to one measurement of college readiness. 

As you can see from the graph above (or view it here: LINK), Pacific Islander ACT scores are most similar to American Indian and Alaska Natives, and Hispanics, two other underrepresented minority groups.  

Average ACT Scores by Race and Ethnicity
  • Asian: 23.6 percent
  • White: 22.4 percent
  • Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders: 19.8 percent
  • Hispanic: 18.9 percent
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 18.4 percent
  • African American: 17 percent

To read the entire report for yourself, click here: LINK


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