The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015: American Indian Students

This report is the latest in a series of annual reports published by ACT to highlight the progress of U.S. high school graduates based on college readiness. This particular report is focused on American Indian students, with the authors suggesting the report be used to understand how well these students are prepared for postsecondary education and careers, and how to support American Indian students to persist towards college and career readiness. Included is data from the 2015 ACT administration that illustrates the percentage of American Indian students who met college readiness benchmarks on the English, reading, mathematics, and science portions of the ACT assessments. In examining American Indian student performance on the ACT, the report also compares the percentage of students who take the recommended core curriculum (four years of English, three years each of mathematics, science, and social studies) against the percentage of students who met ACT college readiness benchmarks. For comparison, the report also includes data on the number of college readiness benchmarks American Indian students met on the 2015 ACT administration. The report includes broad recommendations for supporting and increasing the number of American Indian students who are college and career ready. 

Content Comments 

This resource is of high quality in that it provides comprehensive ACT study results on the current college and career readiness of American Indian and Alaska Native students. The report also addresses implications for their current level of readiness, and provides suggestions for addressing student needs. It communicates its message clearly with an accessible table of findings, graphs, tables, and explanatory text. THe report has high utility in that it addresses an urgent educational need (i.e., to improve the academic experience of AI/AN students K-12). There is potential for high impact if this data is used to improve AI/AN students' academic experience and influence their college- and career-readiness.