TN ACT scores down, GA scores flat
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% 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.
Georgia's performance on the ACT college-entrance exam was flat this year as the number of students taking the test rose.
Data released Wednesday shows that 21% of graduating seniors in Georgia met college-ready standards for English, math, reading and science. That trails the national average of 25%.
About 43,000 students, or nearly half, of seniors took the test in Georgia, up from about 40,000 last year.
Traditionally, more Georgia students take the SAT each year, but the number of students taking the ACT is growing.
Georgia students scored an average of 20.6 on the test out of a possible 36 - basically flat from last year - compared to the national score of 21.