According to a 2009 report by ACT, an increasing number of Hispanic high school students are taking the ACT college admission and placement exam. ACT is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides more than a hundred assessment, research, information, and program management services in the broad areas of education and workforce development.
The number of Hispanics taking the exam increased 16 percent (134,000) as compared to 2008. Additionally, this is a 60 percent increase over those who took the test in 2005. Although the numbers are encouraging, only one in ten of test takers met all four of ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks. The findings show that among Hispanic ACT-tested 2009 graduates, only 48 percent (down 1% from 2008) met or exceeded the ACT benchmark score in English; 27 percent (up 1% from 2008) for college-level math; 35 percent (unchanged from 2008) in reading; and just 13 percent (unchanged) are ready for college-level science. Just 10 percent of Hispanic test-takers are college ready in all four subjects.
The increasing number might indicate that an increasing number of Hispanic students in this country are recognizing the importance of a college education and are taking the steps necessary to get there. However, not only is it important for Hispanic students to gain admission to college, they must also have the tools to succeed when they get there.