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Report shows decline in Tenn. ACT scores

August 17th, 2011 12:02 pm by Staff Report

NASHVILLE (AP) — State education officials say a recent ACT college entrance exam report highlights the ongoing need for education reform in Tennessee.

According to the report released Wednesday, results from the April 2011 test show the state's public high school students' composite ACT score dropped from 19.1 out of 36 in 2010 to 19 in 2011.

The report also shows a wide achievement gap between white and black students. Only 7 percent of black students are college-ready in math, according to the report.

Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says the results are "unacceptable, and we have to do more to ensure that our high school students' academic results align with their aspirations."

State Board of Regents Chancellor John Morgan says each year the state spends about $26 million for remedial and developmental courses for under-prepared students.

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