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

ACT and the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) released a report highlighting that the chasm between academic ambitions and achievement remains wide for American Indian students, as many failed to meet key readiness benchmarks despite plans to attend college. Achievement levels have continued to falter for American Indian students, reaching a five-year low in 2015.

The report states while 73 percent of American Indian students aspire to earn a bachelor's or graduate degree, only 18 percent met ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in at least three of the four core subject areas (English, math, reading, and science) measured on the ACT test. The data indicate a gradual downward trend in achievement, dropping 3 percentage points from a five-year high of 21 percent in 2011.