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Students not college ready in Michigan

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Why This Indicator Matters

Students who meet the college readiness benchmarks are more likely to successfully complete entry-level college requirements without remediation courses. Being college ready at the start of college increases the likelihood of postsecondary graduation.
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Definition and Source



The number reflects eleventh-graders whose performance on the College Board SAT in the subjects of Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Mathematics that did not meet the college readiness benchmarks in one or both of the subjects.

The percentage is based on the number of eleventh-graders whose SAT test scores were included in the report. The SAT College Readiness data are based on the SAT with essay administration completed during the Michigan Merit Examination in the spring of grade 11.

Prior to the 2015-16 school year the ACT College Readiness examination was used to measure the proficiency of high school students in English, mathematics, reading, and science.

Data Source

Source: Michigan Department of Education


In September 2018, new disclosure avoidance rules were applied to college readiness data. As a result, districts with fewer than ten test-takers, or where the number of students not meeting college readiness was suppressed, were excluded from analysis. County and city totals are estimations that may exclude some districts, and careful consideration should be taken when comparing data across years due to the changes in data disclosure.

NA: Not Available; S: Data Suppressed

Last Updated

October 2023