Lt. Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) today announced the University of Tennessee has agreed to accept scores from the October 17 mis-administered ACT tests at Bearden High School and Alvin C. York Institute in Jamestown. The University’s decision was delivered to Lt. Governor McNally by University of Tennessee Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick


“I am grateful, once again, to our flagship university for their proactive accommodation of these students. I am hopeful that other Tennessee colleges and universities, private and public, will follow suit,” said McNally.


“This is an unfortunate situation. Hard working high school students have worked for years to gain acceptance to college. A bureaucratic error should not stand in the way of these young people’s future,” McNally continued. “Once the situation is explained, I cannot imagine any institution of learning refusing to accept these scores as legitimate.”


“The ACT simply needs to explain the situation, release the scores and let colleges and universities make their own determination as to their value. Their refusal to release the scores has turned the college admissions process into a hostage situation. The ACT needs to release these scores and let our young adults have the fighting chance at the scholarships, financial aid and college acceptance they have worked for.”