College Readiness

ACT defines a college-ready student as one who is prepared to enroll in college algebra and English composition.  College readiness is a serious problem in Alaska.  Of all Alaskan high school graduates who enrolled at the University of Alaska in the fall following high school graduation during the period from 2006 to 2015, 60% needed to take a remedial course in math or English. This extends a student’s time at the University and is expensive for families and the state.  Approximately 1,000 students arrive at the University annually in need of remediation despite having taken college preparatory courses in high school and graduating with honor role GPAs. 

ANSEP students arrive at the University college ready and many have a full year or more of credits earned that count toward engineering and science BS degree programs. 

In 2017, 20 percent of Alaska graduates met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks and 14 percent of 2017 Alaska graduates met the ACT STEM College Readiness Benchmark. 

You can read the ACT report on Alaska here:

You can learn about the ACT benchmarks here:


The State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) PEAKS 2017 Assessment shows that among 10th-grade students statewide, 15% are proficient in Math and 32% are proficient in English.  Among Alaska Native 10th-grade students statewide, 5% are proficient in math and 14% are proficient in English. The results of the PEAKS exam  can be found for your district and school here: