- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma’s state school superintendent said every public school district will be able to choose between the ACT and the SAT college entrance exams for high school juniors this spring.

The Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/2jvdrWS ) reports that administering the test this spring will be optional. But the tests are strongly encouraged so schools can be prepared for next year, when students’ scores on one of the exams will likely determine whether the state considers them proficient.

Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said Tuesday that both are good choices, but that schools should have access to both the ACT and the SAT for more local control.

“Access to the ACT and SAT opens up an on-ramp to post-secondary education for all Oklahoma public school students, many of whom might not otherwise consider college to be a possibility,” Hofmeister said. “By easing the path from K-12 to college or CareerTech, we can help ensure that Oklahomans will be competitive in our rapidly changing, technology-driven global marketplace.”

The state’s new academic standards and overhaul of the A-F school accountability system are designed with a greater emphasis on college and career readiness, as well as closing academic achievement gaps to help minority and low-income students.

Currently, all state high school sophomores take a state test in math, English, science and U.S. history in order to meet state and federal requirements.

The Oklahoma Board of Education has recommended that an exam like the ACT or SAT be the required high school test starting in the next academic year. It would be free for schools because of the state Department of Education’s student assessment budget. The recommendation needs to still be approved by the state Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin.

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com


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