Tennessee is not making the grade when it comes to the ACT.
Tennessee students who graduated from public high school this spring had an average composite score of 19.5.
Only 18 percent of Tennessee students achieved college readiness. A score of 21 considers a student ready for college; a perfect score is 36.
Tennessee performed only above North Carolina and Mississippi. In other words, we were third from the bottom.
Looking more specifically at Knox County, the average composite score was 20.2. That's down slightly from last year, but still above the state average.
Breaking it down by schools, the high school with the lowest average composite score was Austin-East with a 15.9. Fulton had the second lowest at 16.9. Farragut high had the highest at 23.6. Bearden had the second highest average at 22.5.
Mike Edwards, president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber and Tennessee State Board of Education member, joined us in the 10News studio with an analysis of the data. You can watch that entire conversation in the video above.