Students file suit to block the state's plan to require them to earn their diplomas by scoring well on the PARCC, the SAT or the ACT.
Students in the class of 2015 scored an average of 1490 on the SAT—the lowest since the 2,400-point scale was developed nearly a decade ago—and 41.9 percent of them were deemed to be college ready.
A new law allows thousands of students to graduate even though they didn't take the required exit exam because of a state contracting error.
The latest results suggest that this year's graduating class may not be much more prepared than last year's class for college or a career.
Nearly 1 in 4 recent high school graduates in Tennessee will begin classes under a new state program that offers two years of free tuition at a state community or technical college.
Lawmakers scrambled this week to draft legislation to allow about 5,000 students to graduate even though they lost their last chance to take the state-required exit exam.
The new law forces all public colleges and universities to grant credit for AP tests at score levels that are lower than some had required.
Thousands of students statewide were denied diplomas because of a contracting mistake, and now find their plans for college, job training or the military in limbo.
PARCC votes to approve cut scores for the high school test, but can't disclose yet what they are, since the point system--and spring performance data--are still being finalized.
Funding for the U.S. Department of Education program has grown from $20 million a few years ago to $28 million.