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MY TURN: Low ACT scores in Tenn., Miss.

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Students in Mississippi and Tennessee high schools were again tagged with having the worst ACT scores in the nation.  ACT is the organization that sponsors the college admissions test that goes by that name.

Mississippi students finished last among all states and Tennessee was second to last for the second year in a row. The comparison to all other states is not fair because in Mississippi and Tennessee, all students are required to take the test and that's not true in all other states.

It is fair to say that we finished behind Kentucky and Louisiana which also require all of their students to take the test.

So what do the numbers mean? They show that in Tennessee only 16 percent of graduating high school seniors are fully prepared for college. In Mississippi, it was just 11 percent. Here, in Shelby County we've had a lot of focus recently on school boards and referendums and court decisions. I'm sure most of the people involved in these battles have good intentions, but these scores are a reminder which war it is that we are really trying to win.

That's my turn. Now it's your turn. To comment on this segment or anything else, email yourturn@wmctv.com or call 800-465-1210.

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