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Seniors improve scores, access additional college funding with free ACT retake

Posted On: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Elizabethton High School seniors again participated in the state’s free ACT Retake, with 40 percent of participants improving their scores. More than a quarter of the current senior class will graduate with a higher score as a result of this opportunity, which was provided at no cost by the Tennessee Department of Education.

“We strongly encourage participation in the retake and work hard to help students prepare,” said Sheri Nelson, EHS assistant principal and testing coordinator. “We strive to create a mindset that we are supporting our students not only to be successful in high school, but beyond.  This means giving them the tools and opportunities to prepare them to believe in themselves and their personal college and career goals. For most of our students, the ACT is going to be a big component to reaching those goals. Every year, the retake opens doors for our students to better opportunities, and we’re grateful to the state for continuing to offer it.”

ACT scores directly correlate to funding for college. For example, a score of 21 qualifies students for the HOPE scholarship – up to $16,000 over four years for Tennessee students.

Statewide, more students participated in the free retake than any previous year. In Elizabethton, 67 percent of seniors participated. One student’s score increased to a 30 as a result of the retake.

In addition to their raw scores, juniors in Elizabethton receive a detailed report on their test performance thanks to a district contract with Analyze-Ed. This report gives students data for each section of the test, allowing them to prepare for the free retake or a retake outside of school.

“This kind of feedback allows students to target specific areas for improvement in their test prep, and that is what they’re used to in school,” said Nelson. “Students seem to appreciate the reports, and we’re happy to offer them. They go hand-in-hand with the retake.”

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