Rise & Shine: Record ACT score puts Tennessee on target to reach national average by 2020

ON THE RISE  The first class in Tennessee to get a free do-over on ACT testing is also the first class to push the state over an average score of 20 on the national college entrance exam. Chalkbeat, Nashville Public Radio, The Tennessean, Times Free Press

Germantown Municipal District again leads the state in ACT scores. The Commercial Appeal

Knox County becomes the first of Tennessee’s four urban districts to meet the state’s goal of a 21 average composite score. Knoxville News Sentinel

MOSAIC FELLOWSHIP  Meet the 16 Tennesseans in a new education leadership program for people of color. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SECESSION  Speakers at a Signal Mountain council meeting line up to oppose pulling out of Hamilton County Schools and creating a separate district. The Chattanoogan

DRINKING WATER  Parents at some affluent Nashville schools find ways to protect their children from being exposed to toxic lead in drinking water at school. But that’s not an option for students in the city’s poorer schools. WTVF

NATIONAL ANTHEM  The skipping of the national anthem before a Germantown high school’s football game was a matter of timing and not a political statement, says the district’s superintendent. The Commercial Appeal

FULL STEAM AHEAD  The inaugural Tennessee STEAM Festival, an 11-day event set to begin tomorrow at locations across the state, aims to take science education to the people. Daily News Journal, The Tennessean

FACELIFT  Williamson County commissioners approve more than $15 million in improvements for one of the district’s oldest school facilities. The Tennessean

FOUR MORE YEARS  Unicoi County extends its school director’s contract. Johnson City Press

AN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE  An exchange student from Spain had never seen a football game before, but now he’s the kicker for a Williamson County high school. The Tennessean