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Jump in ACT scores a huge achievement

Posted on September 1, 2014 at 11:11 am

Statistical analysis — figuring out what numbers mean — is a tricky business. That’s especially true when it comes to reporting on school children’s test scores. Tennessee’s high school seniors who graduated this year had a composite score of 19.8 on the ACT college readiness test, the state Department of Education reports. That was up three-tenths of a point over the previous year’s level, the biggest one-year jump since the

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    Posted on August 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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