White and Asian students in the 2019 graduating class were more likely to be prepared for the academic rigor of college, according to ACT. ACT reported that, nationwide, college readiness levels remained "alarmingly low" for low-income, minority and first-generation college students.
The declines since 2017 ranged from two to five points on a 500-point test. So they didn’t plunge. But the slide follows a period when scores had been generally rising or holding steady. Having two academic subjects in both tested grade levels move down is a situation worth keeping an eye on.