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November 17, 2017

Hawkins ACT scores drop slightly 


Barbara Womack
Grainger Today Correspondent  

ROGERSVILLE – Nearly 35 percent of Hawkins County seniors qualified for HOPE scholarships and other financial aid by scoring 21 or higher on the 2017 ACT test, Director of Schools Steve Starnes has announced. 

The composite score for the district was 19, he said, which resulted in a decrease from 20.1 in 2016. He said prior to the current year, Hawkins County had seen three years of consecutive growth on ACT scores.   

A little more than 92 percent of eligible students at Cherokee and Volunteer High Schools took the test, Starnes said. Volunteer and Cherokee High School scores reflected dips in English, math, reading and science for the 2017 school year, he said.   

“It is our goal for Hawkins County students to average a composite ACT score of 21 by 2020.  We have made excellent growth toward this goal for the three years leading up to the class of 2016 improving from a composite score of 18 in 2013 to a 20.1 in 2016,” Starnes said.  

“In light of the change to the graduation requirements, we have established a new baseline with the graduating class of 2017 from which to grow. We will continue to monitor our classes and programs for rigor, challenge our students to understand the importance of their ACT score with regard to preparation for college and career, and seek continuous improvement.” 

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