NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State education officials said Tennessee public high school students improved on the ACT for the third straight year.
Officials announced Wednesday that the average composite increased from 19.3 last year to 19.4 this year, adding to what they said has been a three-year pattern of growth for the state.
Tennessee has been one of 13 states nationwide that has required all students to take the ACT.
This year, the state has new tests in math and English for students in grades three through 11.
A survey of nearly 37,000 Tennessee teachers released earlier this week showed 60 percent said they spent too much time helping students prepare for statewide exams, and seven out of ten believed their students spent too much time taking exams.
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