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Tennessee is being painted a bit unfairly by these ACT results, given that unlike most states, Tennessee tests 100% of its seniors. (North Carolina, which scored above the national average, tests just 18% for example.) And recent changes have been encouraging. The state was one of just a few to raise standards over the past several years, and its First to the Top plan focuses squarely on boosting student achievement using value-added assessment (the state's TVAAS program) as its central pillar. For more on FTTT and TVAAS, see www.education-consumers.org - lots of good info, along with school- and district-level rankings on various metrics.
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