The Tennessee Department of Education said 2018 saw a record-high participation rate for ACT retakes in 2018.
According to the DOE, more than 53,000 students took part in the third ACT Senior Retake opportunity in Oct. 2018 -- the state's highest participation rate on record.
The DOE said more than 50 percent of those seniors increased their composite score from their junior year, a 10.2 percent increase from 2017. The average score increased by roughly half a point.
“Today is a proud day for Tennessee as thousands more public school students are eligible to receive HOPE scholarship funds, while more students can also enroll directly into credit-bearing postsecondary coursework,” interim commissioner Dr. Lyle Ailshie said.
3,825 seniors raised their composite score to a 21 or higher, allowing them to access more than $61 million in HOPE Scholarship funds that provide each student up to $16,000 to help pay for college in Tennessee.
The DOE said that number is up from 2,333 students in 2017.