2016’S 11TH-GRADERS TO STICK WITH ACT
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.