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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Students Not College Ready

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Definitions: The number reflects eleventh-graders whose performance on the 2017 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

Footnotes: 2021 M-STEP: Use estimations with caution and do not compare to prior years. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fewer students underwent testing compared to prior years, and many school districts had additional data suppressed. Students did not take the test in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More detailed data for districts can be found at

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.