The Class of 2018 sat for the ACT Exam on October 17, along with every other senior in the state of Tennessee. The free exam is part of a push by the Tennessee Department of Education. The goal of the retake program is to improve students' scores enough that they qualify for more scholarship money and can avoid mandatory remedial classes in college.
About 26,000 of the 70,000 seniors in the state took the test a second time for free in the 2016-2017 school year, the first year of the offering. Nearly 40 percent increased their scores, and an additional 1,300 students earned above a 21 on the retake, making them eligible for the state's HOPE scholarship.
Taking the ACT Exam is a graduation requirement in the state of Tennessee. Students will still only need to take the test once to graduate.
At MCHS, the following groups were recognized for achievement on the exam.