Pursuant to T.C.A. § 49-6-6001, all public-school students must participate in a post-secondary readiness assessment such as the ACT or SAT. To receive a regular high school diploma, all students enrolled in a Tennessee public school during their eleventh (11) grade year must take either the ACT or SAT.

  • Beginning with the graduating class of 2018, students enrolled in Tennessee public schools during their eleventh grade year must complete the ACT or SAT prior to graduation (see High School Policy 2.103).

TDOE is working closely with ACT, Inc. to ensure all students in the 2021 cohort have two opportunities to take the ACT, same as prior cohorts. To this end, ACT is providing a range of options and testing flexibility to students, schools, and districts.

Fall testing for the 2021 cohort will work exactly as it has in the past. The department will continue to fund fall testing. The department will load students on behalf of schools. School coordinators will complete Manage Participation. TAA coordinators will request accommodations for students if needed or change the dates from previous approval, if applicable. Fall testing will continue to be paper only. Spring assessments will offer paper and online testing.

CMCSS has selected ACT for our post-secondary readiness assessment and will administer in-school on the following dates.  Students may seek additional testing outside of these state recommendations.

2020-2021 CMCSS ACT Testing Calendar:
Sept 22-25 & Sept 28-Oct 2, 2020 – Senior Retake (or first) for students with accommodations

October 6, 2020 – Senior Retake (or first)

October 6-9 & 12, 2020 – Senior Retake (or first) with accommodations                                         

October 20, 2020 – Senior Retake (or first) makeup                                                                         

 October 20-23 & 26 – Senior Retake (or first) with accommodations

March 2, 2021 – ACT for Juniors (Seniors who missed all other opportunities

March 2-5 & 8-12, 2021 – ACT for Juniors with accommodations

March 2-4 & 9-11, 2021 – ACT ONLINE for Juniors, standard and accommodations (Seniors who missed all other opportunities)

March 16, 2019 – ACT for Juniors (Seniors who missed all other opportunities)

March 16-19 & 22-26 – ACT for Juniors with accommodations

March 16-18 & 23-25 – ACT ONLINE standard and accommodations (Seniors who missed all other opportunities)

March 30, 2021 – ACT for Juniors (Seniors who missed all other opportunities)

March 30-31, Apr 1-2, 5-9 – ACT for Juniors with Accommodations

The ACT may be taken in-school only once as a junior and once as a senior.

For more detailed information about ACT:

Current Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) ACT graduate data: 

System 12-1318.919.119.819.819.5
System 13-1419.
System 14-1518.718.719.620.019.4
System 15-1618.918.720.219.819.5
System 16-1719.
System 17-1818.516.619.819.519.2
State 12-1319.319.119.819.419.5
State 13-1419.619.220.119.619.8
State 14-1519.519.320.119.919.8
State 15-1619.619.220.319.919.9
State 16-1719.519.220.119.919.8
State 17-1819.419.119.919.619.6
Nationwide 12-1320.220.921.120.720.9
Nationwide 13-1420.320.921.320.821.0
Nationwide 14-1520.420.821.420.921.0
Nationwide 15-1620.120.621.320.820.8
Nationwide 16-1720.320.721.421.021.0
Nationwide 17-1820.220.521..320.720.8


The current college readiness benchmarks are:
English = 18
Math = 22
Reading = 22
Science = 23
Composite = 21