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Tennessee High School Graduates Scoring 21+ On The ACT, By County To meet and exceed the Drive to 55, Tennessee students must be prepared for postsecondary. The ACT assessment provides a key measure of student readiness for college. Students who earn a 21 or above on the ACT are better positioned to take on coursework at a two- or four-year college. Tennessee has set a statewide goal of a 21 average on the ACT by 2020. Data Source: Tennessee Department of Education 2016 Less than 32% 32 to 37% 37 to 44% More than 44% To achieve the Drive to 55, Tennessee policymakers have The Drive To 55 In Action made an unprecedented commitment to lower financial Between fall 2014 and fall barriers and create public awareness for recent high 2016, first time college freshman school graduates and adults to complete a postsecondary enrollment in Tennessee increased: credential. Through Tennessee Promise, eligible high school graduates can obtain a scholarship to attend any of Tennessee’s 13 community colleges or 27 Colleges • 13% overall across institutions of higher education of Applied Technology (TCATs) tuition-free. Through the • 30% at community colleges Tennessee Reconnect program, eligible adults can attend • 32% at Colleges of Applied a community or technical college tuition-free to acquire the skills needed to be competitive in today’s job market. Technology Source: Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 2017 2