However, I'm stuck using published data. This sandlot method strongly suggests that quite large numbers of Kentucky residents who are collecting college degrees are doing it without meeting the ACT's definition of college-ready in science.
This issue begs for thoughtful discussion and would benefit greatly from sustained analysis of data on individual students. Again, the key question is: If Kentucky students aren't college-ready, why are they collecting so many college degrees?
Data sources: the science benchmark numbers come from the annual ACT state profiles available here, with 2005 being the first year for which I could locate the counts of students scoring 24 or above. The degree numbers come from the CPE report on 2009 May Graduates, with the 2009 numbers being labeled as "preliminary."