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Knox County Schools ACT Results Remain Above State Averages

The ACT released results today for the Class of 2016, and though the Knox County Schools experienced a slight decrease from those scores posted for the Class of 2015, the district remains above the State of Tennessee average in all subject areas:
  • English 20.4 (19.6 State average)
  • Mathematics 19.7 (19.2 State average)
  • Reading 20.9 (20.3 State average)
  • Science 20.4 (19.9 State average)
  • Composite 20.5 (19.9 State average)

The ACT is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college. Colleges and universities across the nation use the ACT in establishing entrance requirements. The assessment consists of subject tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework.

“The trajectory to success is never a straight line. There are bumps along the way. Fortunately, this is a small one. It’s important to note, for example, that the tests reflected in this data set are not the best scores of our students, but simply the most recent,” said Interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas. “We have identified some areas for growth within the Knox County Schools and are laser focused on making those improvements. We remain committed to being the best school district in the south so that every student can actual achieve his or her dreams.”

The Knox County Schools composite average ACT score decreased from 20.7 for the Class of 2015 to 20.5 for the Class of 2016 and the school district experienced a slight decrease in all subject areas assessed (English, Math, Reading, and Science), but the overall trend for scores since 2013 has been positive. The district continues to place a priority on testing all students, with 3,922 students tested in 2016—approximately 300 more than last year.