ACT To Be Given to Test High School Students’ Post-graduation Readiness

BY LYNN BONNER – lbonner@newsobserver.com
Published Wed, Oct 05, 2011

RALEIGH — A new era of public school testing begins in March when high school students will take national exams to determine how well their education is preparing them for life after graduation.

The state Board of Education has been talking for more than a year about requiring high school juniors to take a college entrance exam called the ACT, and having younger students take precursor tests. The board has faced a series of questions and hurdles, and as recently as a few months ago did not know whether the state Department of Public Instruction could afford to move ahead with the plan.

Legislators like the plan to give students the ACT, which consists of English, math, science, reading and an optional writing test.

“It’s better than what we had,” said Sen. Jerry Tillman, an Archdale Republican and a co-chairman of the legislative education oversight committee that heard Atkinson’s report. “What we had wasn’t comparing us with anybody except county to county.”

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Note: SKA will be a key resource for both students and parents in this important and strategic component, but we encourage readers (both students and parents) of the blog to make sure that they really begin to prepare for this critical part of their plan for educational success.

Please share your thoughts as to whether you feel prepared enough to receive the results you desire for both the ACT and SAT tests below.

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