Photo courtesy of ACT

Nowadays it's nearly necessary to have a college degree, especially when employment growth for people without a degree is negative 14 percent. In contrast, employment growth for those who go on to receive a bachelor's degree is 82 percent. But are graduating seniors ready for college? ACT, Inc., the company that issues the ACT standardized test, released it's report on "The Condition of College & Career Readiness" for 2012. The study measures a readiness by comparing ACT test scores with grades received by students in their first-year college classes. ACT has four benchmarks: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The following is a ranking of each state based on the percent of students who met all four benchmarks.

50 Mississippi
cj&erson via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 11

Number of graduates tested: 28,288

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 53
  • Math: 21
  • Reading: 34
  • Science: 14

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 18.7
  • English: 18.6
  • Math: 18.3
  • Reading: 18.9
  • Science: 18.7

Percent of college ready students

49 Tennessee
Bethany Ann Khan via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 16

Number of graduates tested: 68,095

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 59
  • Math: 29
  • Reading: 43
  • Science: 21

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 19.7
  • English: 19.6
  • Math: 19.1
  • Reading: 19.9
  • Science: 19.6

Percent of college ready students

48 Kentucky
Dougtone via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 17

Number of graduates tested: 46,289

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 59
  • Math: 31
  • Reading: 44
  • Science: 22

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 19.8
  • English: 19.5
  • Math: 19.4
  • Reading: 20.2
  • Science: 19.8

Percent of college ready students

47 Louisiana
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 17

Number of graduates tested: 36,736

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 68
  • Math: 35
  • Reading: 46
  • Science: 22

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.3
  • English: 20.4
  • Math: 19.9
  • Reading: 20.4
  • Science: 20.1

Percent of college ready students

46 New Mexico
Ken Lund via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 17

Number of graduates tested: 13,792

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 57
  • Math: 33
  • Reading: 45
  • Science: 22

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 19.9
  • English: 19
  • Math: 19.6
  • Reading: 20.3
  • Science: 20

Percent of college ready students

45 Alabama
Willamor Media via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 18

Number of graduates tested: 39,565

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 65
  • Math: 33
  • Reading: 48
  • Science: 23

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.3
  • English: 20.3
  • Math: 19.6
  • Reading: 20.7
  • Science: 20.1

Percent of college ready students

44 Florida
Exploratus via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 18

Number of graduates tested: 118,420

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 57
  • Math: 37
  • Reading: 46
  • Science: 22

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 19.8
  • English: 18.9
  • Math: 20
  • Reading: 20.5
  • Science: 19.3

Percent of college ready students

43 Arkansas
navycrackerjack74 via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 19

Number of graduates tested: 26,058

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 64
  • Math: 36
  • Reading: 48
  • Science: 23

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.3
  • English: 20
  • Math: 20
  • Reading: 20.6
  • Science: 20.1

Percent of college ready students

42 South Carolina
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 19

Number of graduates tested: 21,142

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 61
  • Math: 39
  • Reading: 46
  • Science: 24

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.2
  • English: 19.5
  • Math: 20.2
  • Reading: 20.4
  • Science: 20.1

Percent of college ready students

41 West Virginia
Dougtone via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 19

Number of graduates tested: 11,719

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 70
  • Math: 33
  • Reading: 53
  • Science: 25

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.6
  • English: 20.6
  • Math: 19.6
  • Reading: 21.3
  • Science: 20.5

Percent of college ready students

40 Arizona
Ken Lund via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 20

Number of graduates tested: 29,876

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 54
  • Math: 39
  • Reading: 42
  • Science: 23

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 19.7
  • English: 18.6
  • Math: 20.3
  • Reading: 19.7
  • Science: 19.5

Percent of college ready students

39 Oklahoma
rutlo via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 20

Number of graduates tested: 29,342

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 67
  • Math: 37
  • Reading: 53
  • Science: 26

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.7
  • English: 20.4
  • Math: 20.1
  • Reading: 21.3
  • Science: 20.6

Percent of college ready students

38 Wyoming
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 20

Number of graduates tested: 5,527

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 60
  • Math: 38
  • Reading: 46
  • Science: 28

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.3
  • English: 19.2
  • Math: 20.2
  • Reading: 20.5
  • Science: 20.6

Percent of college ready students

37 Michigan
romancingthedream via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 21

Number of graduates tested: 114,727

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 59
  • Math: 36
  • Reading: 45
  • Science: 26

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.1
  • English: 19.3
  • Math: 20.1
  • Reading: 20
  • Science: 20.4

Percent of college ready students

36 Georgia
akibubblet via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 22

Number of graduates tested: 47,169

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 64
  • Math: 40
  • Reading: 50
  • Science: 27

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.7
  • English: 20.1
  • Math: 20.6
  • Reading: 21
  • Science: 20.5

Percent of college ready students

35 North Dakota
porchlife via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 23

Number of graduates tested: 6,896

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 64
  • Math: 45
  • Reading: 49
  • Science: 30

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.7
  • English: 19.6
  • Math: 21
  • Reading: 20.7
  • Science: 20.9

Percent of college ready students

34 Utah
Ravell Call, Deseret News

Percent ready in all four subjects: 23

Number of graduates tested: 32,835

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 64
  • Math: 40
  • Reading: 54
  • Science: 29

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.7
  • English: 20
  • Math: 20.3
  • Reading: 21.3
  • Science: 20.8

Percent of college ready students

33 Texas
rafaelmarquez via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 24

Number of graduates tested: 110,180

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 61
  • Math: 48
  • Reading: 48
  • Science: 29

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.8
  • English: 19.6
  • Math: 21.4
  • Reading: 20.8
  • Science: 20.8

Percent of college ready students

32 Colorado
ColoradoSenateGOP via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 25

Number of graduates tested: 53,071

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 62
  • Math: 41
  • Reading: 47
  • Science: 31

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.6
  • English: 19.9
  • Math: 20.5
  • Reading: 20.7
  • Science: 20.8

Percent of college ready students

31 Illinois
Bernt Rostad via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 25

Number of graduates tested: 146,822

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 65
  • Math: 44
  • Reading: 47
  • Science: 30

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 20.9
  • English: 20.5
  • Math: 21
  • Reading: 20.7
  • Science: 20.8

Percent of college ready students

30 Nevada
Jessica Wait via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 25

Number of graduates tested: 7,604

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 68
  • Math: 48
  • Reading: 55
  • Science: 30

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.3
  • English: 20.5
  • Math: 21.4
  • Reading: 21.6
  • Science: 21.1

Percent of college ready students

29 Alaska
HBarrison via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 26

Number of graduates tested: 2,598

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 67
  • Math: 48
  • Reading: 56
  • Science: 30

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.2
  • English: 20.3
  • Math: 21.3
  • Reading: 21.8
  • Science: 20.8

Percent of college ready students

28 Hawaii
chuck_miser via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 26

Number of graduates tested: 3,616

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 66
  • Math: 51
  • Reading: 52
  • Science: 31

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.3
  • English: 20.5
  • Math: 21.9
  • Reading: 21.2
  • Science: 21.1

Percent of college ready students

27 Idaho
gharness via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 26

Number of graduates tested: 11,842

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 72
  • Math: 47
  • Reading: 59
  • Science: 32

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.6
  • English: 21
  • Math: 21.3
  • Reading: 22.1
  • Science: 21.4

Percent of college ready students

26 Missouri
proforged via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 27

Number of graduates tested: 49,222

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 73
  • Math: 46
  • Reading: 56
  • Science: 33

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.6
  • English: 21.4
  • Math: 21.1
  • Reading: 21.9
  • Science: 21.5

Percent of college ready students

25 Ohio
Mr. T in DC via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 28

Number of graduates tested: 92,121

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 71
  • Math: 49
  • Reading: 58
  • Science: 34

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.8
  • English: 21.1
  • Math: 21.5
  • Reading: 22.1
  • Science: 21.8

Percent of college ready students

24 Kansas
jonathan_moreau via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 29

Number of graduates tested: 23,907

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 73
  • Math: 52
  • Reading: 60
  • Science: 35

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.9
  • English: 21.3
  • Math: 21.8
  • Reading: 22.3
  • Science: 21.7

Percent of college ready students

23 Oregon
Aster via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 29

Number of graduates tested: 12,462

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 66
  • Math: 49
  • Reading: 55
  • Science: 35

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.4
  • English: 20.6
  • Math: 21.6
  • Reading: 21.8
  • Science: 21.3

Percent of college ready students

22 Iowa
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 30

Number of graduates tested: 23,119

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 77
  • Math: 51
  • Reading: 62
  • Science: 38

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.1
  • English: 21.6
  • Math: 21.7
  • Reading: 22.5
  • Science: 22.2

Percent of college ready students

21 Montana
jimmywayne via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 30

Number of graduates tested: 6,024

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 74
  • Math: 54
  • Reading: 63
  • Science: 37

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22
  • English: 21.1
  • Math: 21.9
  • Reading: 22.6
  • Science: 22

Percent of college ready students

20 Nebraska
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 30

Number of graduates tested: 16,581

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 75
  • Math: 51
  • Reading: 59
  • Science: 36

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22
  • English: 21.8
  • Math: 21.7
  • Reading: 22.3
  • Science: 21.9

Percent of college ready students

19 North Carolina
DouG!! via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 30

Number of graduates tested: 18,817

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 69
  • Math: 56
  • Reading: 58
  • Science: 34

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.9
  • English: 21
  • Math: 22.3
  • Reading: 22.2
  • Science: 21.4

Percent of college ready students

18 South Dakota
Travis S. via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 30

Number of graduates tested: 6,878

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 73
  • Math: 54
  • Reading: 58
  • Science: 37

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 21.8
  • English: 21
  • Math: 21.8
  • Reading: 22.1
  • Science: 22

Percent of college ready students

17 California
m kasahara via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 31

Number of graduates tested: 103,024

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 72
  • Math: 58
  • Reading: 58
  • Science: 35

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.1
  • English: 21.6
  • Math: 22.8
  • Reading: 22.1
  • Science: 21.5

Percent of college ready students

16 Wisconsin
Creative Nickie via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 31

Number of graduates tested: 47,588

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 75
  • Math: 54
  • Reading: 59
  • Science: 38

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.1
  • English: 21.5
  • Math: 22
  • Reading: 22.1
  • Science: 22.1

Percent of college ready students

15 Indiana
netmonkey via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 32

Number of graduates tested: 22,372

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 75
  • Math: 58
  • Reading: 62
  • Science: 37

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.3
  • English: 21.7
  • Math: 22.5
  • Reading: 22.6
  • Science: 21.9

Percent of college ready students

14 Maryland
Mr. T in DC via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 33

Number of graduates tested: 13,334

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 72
  • Math: 53
  • Reading: 58
  • Science: 37

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.1
  • English: 21.6
  • Math: 22.2
  • Reading: 22.3
  • Science: 21.7

Percent of college ready students

13 Virginia
SeeMidTN.com via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 33

Number of graduates tested: 21,647

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 76
  • Math: 56
  • Reading: 63
  • Science: 38

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.4
  • English: 22.1
  • Math: 22.3
  • Reading: 22.7
  • Science: 21.9

Percent of college ready students

12 Delaware
tcd123usa via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 34

Number of graduates tested: 1,328

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 76
  • Math: 57
  • Reading: 63
  • Science: 39

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.6
  • English: 22.3
  • Math: 22.4
  • Reading: 23
  • Science: 22.1

Percent of college ready students

11 Pennsylvania
afagen via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 34

Number of graduates tested: 25,426

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 76
  • Math: 59
  • Reading: 62
  • Science: 38

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.4
  • English: 22
  • Math: 22.7
  • Reading: 22.7
  • Science: 21.9

Percent of college ready students

10 Minnesota
MN Photos via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 36

Number of graduates tested: 44,977

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 78
  • Math: 62
  • Reading: 64
  • Science: 42

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.8
  • English: 22.1
  • Math: 23
  • Reading: 22.9
  • Science: 22.7

Percent of college ready students

9 Rhode Island
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 36

Number of graduates tested: 1,505

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 81
  • Math: 61
  • Reading: 68
  • Science: 42

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.9
  • English: 22.9
  • Math: 22.7
  • Reading: 23.5
  • Science: 22.3

Percent of college ready students

8 Vermont
origamidon via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 37

Number of graduates tested: 2,009

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 78
  • Math: 62
  • Reading: 66
  • Science: 43

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 23
  • English: 22.6
  • Math: 22.9
  • Reading: 23.3
  • Science: 22.6

Percent of college ready students

7 Washington
JillClardy via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 38

Number of graduates tested: 13,929

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 76
  • Math: 62
  • Reading: 66
  • Science: 43

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 22.9
  • English: 22.3
  • Math: 23.1
  • Reading: 23.3
  • Science: 22.4

Percent of college ready students

6 Maine
jajolll via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 39

Number of graduates tested: 1,470

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 84
  • Math: 65
  • Reading: 70
  • Science: 43

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 23.4
  • English: 23.5
  • Math: 23.3
  • Reading: 23.7
  • Science: 22.7

Percent of college ready students

5 New Jersey
Dougtone via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 39

Number of graduates tested: 22,179

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 81
  • Math: 67
  • Reading: 67
  • Science: 43

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 23.4
  • English: 23.1
  • Math: 23.9
  • Reading: 23.4
  • Science: 22.6

Percent of college ready students

4 New York
rakkhi via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 41

Number of graduates tested: 52,771

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 80
  • Math: 67
  • Reading: 67
  • Science: 47

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 23.3
  • English: 22.7
  • Math: 23.7
  • Reading: 23.4
  • Science: 23.1

Percent of college ready students

3 New Hampshire
TowerGirl via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 42

Number of graduates tested: 2,979

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 85
  • Math: 68
  • Reading: 73
  • Science: 49

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 23.8
  • English: 23.6
  • Math: 23.7
  • Reading: 24.2
  • Science: 23.3

Percent of college ready students

2 Connecticut
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 43

Number of graduates tested: 11,192

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 86
  • Math: 68
  • Reading: 71
  • Science: 48

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 23.8
  • English: 23.9
  • Math: 23.8
  • Reading: 23.9
  • Science: 23.2

Percent of college ready students

1 Massachusetts
freefotouk via Flickr

Percent ready in all four subjects: 44

Number of graduates tested: 15,398

Percent ready by subject:

  • English: 86
  • Math: 73
  • Reading: 72
  • Science: 48

2012 ACT scores:

  • Composite Score: 24.1
  • English: 23.9
  • Math: 24.5
  • Reading: 24.2
  • Science: 23.2

Percent of college ready students