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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2019 Texas Key Findings

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The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2019 Texas Key Findings

 Performance of 2019 Graduates

In the 2019 Texas graduating class, 136,061 graduates (an estimated 39 percent) took the ACT test with a Composite score average of 20.5. This compares to 124,764 (an estimated 41 percent) with an average of 20.9 in 2015. Nationally, an estimated 52 percent of 2019 graduates took the ACT with an average Composite score of 20.7.

There were 13,787 African American graduates from Texas who took the ACT (10 percent) with an average Composite score of 17.6. This compares to 14,493 (10 percent) with an average of 17.6, and 13,792 (11 percent) with an average of 17.6, for the 2018 and 2015 graduating classes, respectively.

There were 44,145 White graduates from Texas who took the ACT (32 percent) with an average Composite score of 23.1. This compares to 47,902 (34 percent) with an average of 23.2, and 46,564 (37 percent) with an average of 23.3, for the 2018 and 2015 graduating classes, respectively.

 There were 54,089 Hispanic graduates from Texas who took the ACT (40 percent) with an average Composite score of 18.5. This compares to 55,072 (39 percent) with an average of 18.7, and 48,934 (39 percent) with an average of 18.7, for the 2018 and 2015 graduating classes, respectively.

In 2019, 25 percent of Texas graduates met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks. This compares to 25 and 27 percent of 2018 and 2015 graduates, respectively.

In 2019, 4 percent of Texas graduates took the ACT with extended time. This compares to 3 and 2 percent of 2018 and 2015 graduates, respectively.

STEM

In 2019, 65,051 Texas graduates (48 percent) indicated having an interest in STEM majors and/or careers.

Compared to a 2019 Texas graduating class average ACT STEM score of 20.8, graduates in 2018 and 2015 had STEM averages of 20.9 and 21.3, respectively.

 Compared to 19 percent of 2019 Texas graduates meeting the ACT STEM College Readiness Benchmark, graduates in 2018 and 2015 had STEM Benchmark percentages of 19 and 21, respectively.

Career Readiness Indicator

 In 2019, 53,352 Texas graduates (39 percent) were likely to attain the Gold ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate or higher based upon ACT Composite score, compared to 726,923 (41 percent) nationally.

 In 2019, 98,040 Texas graduates (72 percent) were likely to attain the Silver ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate or higher based upon ACT Composite score, compared to 1,273,362 (71 percent) nationally.

Impact

 Based on the actual test volume and ACT score distributions of 2019 ACT-tested Texas high school graduates, ACT research estimates that an increase of 0.1 in-state average ACT Composite score for the 2019 graduating class would result in:

 -  329 more students enrolling in college.

 -  368 more students persisting to year two.

 -  273 fewer students needing remedial English.

 -  433 fewer students needing remedial math.

 -  395 more students persisting to year four.

 -  419 more students earning a postsecondary degree within six years.

 Behaviors that Impact Access and Opportunity

In Texas, 47,322 of the 2019 graduates (34.8 percent) taking the ACT two or more times had an average Composite score of 22.7, compared to an average of 19.4 for 88,739 of the 2019 graduates (65.2 percent) who took the ACT only once.

Postsecondary Aspirations

 Aspirations matter. Students who aspire to a higher level of postsecondary education typically achieve higher ACT Composite scores.

In the Texas graduating class of 2019, 24,933 students (18 percent) had parents who did not attend college.