TDOE Releases 2021-22 ACT State Results and Participation Rate Data

COLLIERVILLE, Tennessee (December 19, 2022) – Last week, the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) released statewide ACT results and participation rates for the 2022 graduating class. Collierville Schools ranks third among 130 Tennessee school districts for both average composite score and highest percentage of students meeting the overall ACT composite benchmark.

Williamson County had the highest average composite score (24.7) and highest percent of students meeting the overall benchmark score of 21 (74.8%), followed by Germantown (24.5 and 73.2%) and Collierville (23 and 64.7%).

“Performance on the ACT is largely indicative of the cumulative educational experience provided to students throughout their educational career to the point the test is taken,” said Dr. Gary Lilly, Director of Schools. “Even so, we also implemented targeted tutoring and interventions to address learning loss resulting from the pandemic. We are blessed to have tremendous educators, involved families, and conscientious students who understand the importance of the assessment and focus on preparing for it.” 

The ACT provides important measures to understand students’ college and career readiness and how Tennessee prepares the next generation to transition to postsecondary opportunities. Through Tennessee’s award-winning ACT Senior Retake program, the state offers public high school students the opportunity to take the ACT two times for free during normal school hours.  

Each fall, the department releases statewide ACT results for the most recent graduating class representing each student’s highest ACT score. The 2021-22 graduating class’s ACT results are available on the department’s Data Downloads webpage. 

“Tennessee remains committed to preparing each and every student for success beyond high school in the pathway of their choice,” said Commissioner Penny Schwinn. “Taking the ACT is an important gateway for many postsecondary opportunities and scholarships, and this year’s graduating class rebounded our state’s participation in the ACT to pre-pandemic levels—demonstrating the continued efforts by our districts, schools, teachers, and families to ensure our students are on a path to success.” 

In partnership with the University of Tennessee, Martin, the department offers free ACT prep workshops for students and educators. To learn more about college readiness testing in Tennessee, click here

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 students can demonstrate that they are prepared for life after high school and a seamless entry into postsecondary education, the workplace, and the military. The ACT remains an element in the state’s Ready Graduate calculations to benefit students who were able to test and meet the ACT threshold for Ready Graduate classification.