2016’S 11TH-GRADERS TO STICK WITH ACT

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The Col­lege Board, which ad­min­is­ters the SAT exam, has con­firmed that this year’s 11th-graders in Colorado will not be re­quired to take the SAT af­ter all, KMGH-TV re­ported late Thurs­day.

The state will ad­min­is­ter the ACT to high school ju­niors for one more year be­fore making the change to the SAT in spring 2017, the tele­vi­sion sta­tion re­ported, say­ing the news had been con­firmed by the Col­lege Board, which ad­min­is­ters the exam. This year’s 10th-grade class will be re­quired to take the P-SAT.

This de­ci­sion came af­ter a back­lash from school dis­tricts, par­ents and stu­dents af­ter the Colorado Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion an­nounced that it was switch­ing its manda­tory test for high school ju­niors from the ACT to a new version of the SAT ef­fec­tive this spring.

But Chalk­beat Colorado re­ported this week that In­terim Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sioner El­liott Asp sent an e-mail to school dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dents Mon­day say­ing that the depart­ment was work­ing on a plan that would keep the ACT sta­tus quo for one more year. “To re­quire this year’s 11th-graders to take the SAT exam this spring — af­ter they have al­ready in­vested time, money and en­ergy in preparing to take a dif­fer­ent as­sess­ment — would not be in their best in­ter­est,” Asp wrote.

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