Tennessee leading the nation in ACT tests administered

The Tennessee Department of Education announced that since June 2020, Tennessee has administered more than 178,000 ACT tests statewide, which is more than any other state in the country.

Due to pandemic disruptions, there were lost testing opportunities in the spring of 2020, but the department, in partnership with ACT, Inc., was able to provide opportunities both during the week and on weekends, helping lead Tennessee to the nation’s top spot in overall tests given once ACT testing resumed in June 2020.

Tennessee students were offered more than 20 ACT testing opportunities this school year, including during the week, on the weekends, and three additional testing dates are available for students this spring.

Tennessee’s high school juniors and seniors can take the ACT for free, through the state’s Basic Education Program funding for juniors. Additionally, in 2017, Tennessee instituted the high school senior retake program, paid for in full by the department as part of the state’s commitment to encourage college participation.

ACT results serve as a nationally-normed measure to indicate college and career readiness. Under Tennessee’s accountability model, earning a 21 on the ACT is one of the four ways that students can indicate that they are prepared for life after high school and a seamless entry into postsecondary education, the workplace, or the military. Tennessee ACT scores will be available later this year.