- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Department of Education has announced it will continue to administer the ACT college entrance exam to high school juniors for free following pushback from parents over its decision to switch to the SAT exam.

Parents and school officials have complained about the department’s decision last month to start requiring students to take the SAT after many students had already begun prepping for the ACT. Officials said Monday students can continue taking the ACT for free this year and will transition to the SAT in 2017.

A new state law passed in May, requiring the department to seek bids from testing vendors every five years.

Officials say the SAT was selected based on its alignment with state academic standards and test preparation for students.

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