ACS improves ACT average, ranks top 5 in TN

ACS improves ACT average, ranks top 5 in TN
Posted on 12/08/2020
Arlington, Tenn. (ACS) – Data recently released from the Tennessee Department of Education shows Arlington High School’s average ACT score improved over the previous year, ranking Arlington Community Schools in the top 5 for average ACT scores statewide.

The Class of 2020 averaged a 23 composite score, two-tenths higher than the Class of 2019. ACS saw its highest gains in English and Reading, ticking upward of 0.5 and 0.4 percentage points, respectively. Science also saw an increase to 22.6, up from 2019’s 22.4 average.

More students are also scoring at least a 21, making them eligible for the Hope Scholarship, which could help students earn up to $3,500 their freshman and sophomore years and $4,500 their junior and senior years. About 67.5 percent of the Class of 2020 scored a 21 or higher on the ACT, a 2.7 percent increase from last year.

“Being 5th in the state for the highest average ACT scores really speaks volumes about how hard our teachers and administrators have been working to help students year over year,” Superintendent Jeff Mayo said. “Several years ago, our admin team created an ACT improvement plan to strategize different ways to help students be more successful on the ACT, and it’s proving to be beneficial. Higher scores equate to more money in scholarships for our students, which in turn helps families across the board.”

One of the more popular program students have taken advantage of is the Saturday ACT Bootcamp offered at AHS through Jane Ross Tutoring. Although these bootcamps were temporarily suspended this fall due to COVID-19, AHS continues to offer other programs, including an ACT prep course that covers strategies to help students be successful in the four benchmarks of the ACT. Additionally, the school launched several marketing efforts, including the Wall of Excellence, wall poster promos and social media blasts, to help students understand the importance of taking the ACT and how it could benefit their admission into college.