The percentage of students who met college readiness benchmarks held steady this year as well. An ACT benchmark score is the minimum score needed for each subject area to indicate a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher or a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in a corresponding college-credit course. ACT’s benchmark scores are as follows:Here are the statewide results. Dig in and you'll notice the usual gap between white and black students, though it narrowed a bit this year because the scores of white students fell a bit while black students scored the same.
• English – 18
• Mathematics – 22
• Reading – 22
• Science – 23
A total of 49 percent of Arkansas juniors met the benchmark in English, the same as in 2014-15; 25 percent met the math benchmark, a slight decrease from 26 percent; 31 percent met the reading benchmark, an increase from 29; and 24 percent met the benchmark in science, an increase from 23. A total of 14 percent met all four benchmarks, the same as in 2014-15.