Tennessee tracks if students are career and college ready by requiring all students to take the ACT. On the ACT, college and career ready is determined by a score of 21. A score of a 21 allows students to qualify for the HOPE scholarship, and students will be able to skip remedial courses in college.
How did the state do? Chalkbeat has the answer:
Tennessee held steady with an average score of 19.4 out of a possible 36, increasing its standing from eighth to seventh among the 18 states that require students to take the ACT. The national average score was 20.8, down from 21 last year.
Even so, state officials celebrated that nearly 1,300 more Tennessee public school students hit the college-ready mark this year than last.
In 2016, only one-fifth of Tennessee public school students taking the ACT met all four subject benchmarks for being considered college-ready. English drew the best showing, with about 55 percent meeting that benchmark, followed by 34 percent in reading, and 27 percent each in math and science
What about individual districts? In Nashville, only 11% of students are college and career ready. The Tennessean has the Nashville numbers:
Metro Schools tallied an 18.4 composite score, marking a 0.3 point drop over the 2015 year‘s 18.7 composite score across all students tested, according to 2016 ACT numbers released to districts Tuesday. Only 11 percent of all Metro Schools students are ready for college, a three-point dip over last year.
We must do better in preparing our students for college and career state-wide, but especially in Nashville. The average MNPS student will need remedial courses if they go to college. That means MNPS students and their families will be paying more money to take courses that may not even count towards their post secondary degree. That’s a disservice to our students.
How does MNPS with the rest of Middle Tennessee?
- Cheatham County: 19.6 composite; 17 percent college ready
- Dickson County: 19.4 composite; 16 percent college ready
- Metro Nashville: 18.4 composite; 11 percent college ready
- Robertson County: 19 composite; 14 percent college ready
- Rutherford County: 20.2 composite; 21 percent college ready
- Sumner County: 20.8 composite; 23 percent college ready
- Williamson County: 23.8 composite; 45 percent college ready
- Wilson County: 20.3 composite; 19 percent college ready
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