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What portion of high school graduates who took the ACT college readiness exam in 2019 met the test's benchmarks for college readiness in all four subjects (English, reading, math, and science)?

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In 2019, 52% of high school students who graduated took the ACT college readiness exam. Among them, 26% met its college readiness benchmarks in all four subjects (English, reading, math, and science). By racial group, the portion of ACT test-takers who met the benchmarks in at least three subjects ranged from 62% for Asians to 11% for African Americans. Since 2019, Covid-19 policies have caused massive declines in educational attainment. For example, a study published in 2020 by the journal JAMA Network Open estimated that decisions to close U.S. elementary schools in the spring of 2020 will ultimately shorten the lives of children aged 5-11 by 2.5-42.1 million years due to the effects of "decreased educational attainment." By comparison, if a million people in the U.S. die from C-19, this will rob 13.2 million years of life from all Americans.

DocumentationK-12 Education OutcomesRacial Education DisparitiesJAMA Study

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