Tennessee Education Snapshot A TENNESSEECAN RESEARCH REPORT

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Preparing for postsecondary education

HOW THE SYSTEM IS WORKING

Over the past decades, Tennessee has seen graduation rates and college test scores rise steadily as far more students are graduating and moving on to postsecondary opportunities. Tennessee’s Drive to 55 program has placed an increased emphasis on postsecondary achievement resulting in a state with far more students in colleges and certificate programs across the state.

Tennessee High School Graduation Rates Across Time
Overall
White
African-American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Female
Male
Overall
White
African-American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Female
Male
Overall
White
African-American
Latino
Asian
Native American
Female
Male
Source
  1. Graph 1: “State Report Card,” Tennessee Department of Education, accessed June 21, 2016, https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/report-card
Tennessee’s national rankings* in four-year cohort graduation rates
All students
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian/Pacific Islander
American Indian/Alaska Native
Low-income
Limited English proficiency
Students with disabilities
All students
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian/Pacific Islander
American Indian/Alaska Native
Low-income
Limited English proficiency
Students with disabilities
All students
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian/Pacific Islander
American Indian/Alaska Native
Low-income
Limited English proficiency
Students with disabilities
All students
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian/Pacific Islander
American Indian/Alaska Native
Low-income
Limited English proficiency
Students with disabilities

*Rankings include D.C. but are not always out of 51. Some states did not report graduation rates for certain subgroups in certain years to the U.S. Department of Education, the source of our data. The total number of states among which Tennessee is ranked is noted in the graph.

Source
  1. Graph 2: “ED Data Express,” U.S. Department of Education, accessed March 7, 2016, http://eddataexpress.ed.gov/state-tables-main.cfm.

ACT

Starting in 2010, Tennessee became one of a growing number of states to require that every high school junior take the ACT. Our state has seen a small but steady increase in ACT scores overall and by subject over the past five years. Though our students still score slightly below the national average of 21 out of 36, our rising scores have led to an increase in Tennessee students pursuing post-secondary options after high school each year.

ACT Scores
Overall English Math Reading Science
National Average2120.420.821.420.9
Tennessee Average19.418.918.919.619.5
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Tennessee ACT Scores Across Time
Overall
English
Math
Reading
Science
Overall
English
Math
Reading
Science
Overall
English
Math
Reading
Science
Overall
English
Math
Reading
Science
Overall
English
Math
Reading
Science
Overall
English
Math
Reading
Science
Overall
English
Math
Reading
Science

Note: 2010 was the first year the ACT was mandatory for all Tennessee students.

Sources
  1. “State Report Card,” Tennessee Department of Education, accessed June 21, 2016, https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/report-card
  2. “Tennessee’s Average ACT Scores Mostly Stagnant,” Chalkbeat TN, last accessed August 1, 2016, http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2015/08/26/tennessees-average-act-scores-mostly-stagnant/#.V6ndF2SrQzU