Though at this point there’s no reason to think the situation is much better in other states.
Apparently less than 40 percent of high school students in New York State are prepared for college. According to an article by Paul Riede in the Syracuse Post-Standard:
Statewide, 73.4 percent of the students who entered ninth grade in 2006 graduated four years later, in June 2010 — a slight gain from the previous year’s graduation rate of 71.8 percent. But the statewide “college- and career-ready” rate for the same cohort of students was only 37 percent.
This comes from a report issued by the state Education Department, which determined the college readiness rate by calculating the number of students who graduate from high school and have earned at least a 75 on the state’s English Regents Examination and an 80 on the math Regents. The New York State Regents are statewide examinations that rate student preparedness in various subjects.
Because of this, of course, it’s impossible to compare New York’s college readiness to that of other states.