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McKenzie High School Ranked Top Ten In State ACT Scores

Posted 12/21/21

The Tennessee State Department of Education recently announced McKenzie was ranked 10th in the state according to the 2020-21 ACT State Results Data.

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McKenzie High School Ranked Top Ten In State ACT Scores

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The Tennessee State Department of Education recently announced McKenzie was ranked 10th in the state according to the 2020-21 ACT State Results Data.

McKenzie had 77 students take the ACT with the average score being 21 out of a possible 36. MHS students averaged a score of 20 or better in all four subject groups, English, Math, Reading and Science. 41 students scored 21 or higher on the test.

The only other West Tennessee school to make the top ten was Union City with an average score of 21.5 among 79 students. The top school was Williamson County with an average score of 24.5 on the test.

The Tennessee Department of Education released the ACT state results and participation rate for the 2021 graduating class. Participation in the ACT decreased slightly from 97% with 62,564 graduates in 2019-20 to 96% with 60,865 graduates in 2020-21. The state average composite ACT score showed a small decline from 19.9 for the class of 2019-20 to 19.1 for the class of 2020-21.  

The ACT provides an important opportunity for our state to understand students’ college and career readiness and how we are preparing the next generation to transition to post-secondary opportunities. Each fall, the department releases statewide ACT results for the most recent graduating class representing each student’s highest ACT score.  

The 2021 graduating class was most impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic with regard to the ACT testing. T.C.A. § 49-6-6001 requires all Tennessee public school students to take a postsecondary readiness exam, such as the ACT or SAT, in their junior year of high school. The opportunity allows students to maximize their potential to demonstrate postsecondary readiness, qualify for academic scholarships, and avoid remediation. Due to pandemic-related school closures in Spring 2020, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 652 in the 2020 legislative session to waive the ACT testing requirement for 11th-grade students in the 2019-20 school year. 

The department remained focused on ensuring college and career readiness for all students, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic by providing several additional opportunities for students to take the ACT and for schools and districts to maximize participation.

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