All Nebraska students will take college admissions exam under new law

Starting in 2017, all of Nebraska’s high school juniors will take a college admissions exam such as the ACT or SAT. Under the recently enacted LB 930, the state Department of Education can use lottery proceeds to pay for administration of the test.

Lawmakers cited several reasons for making the change. First, students may be more motivated to do well because SAT and ACT results can help them get into college or secure a scholarship. (Students have instead been taking the Nebraska State Accountability assessments.) Second, all 11th-graders, regardless of income, will now have access to a college admission test. Third, the change will provide a clearer picture of whether young Nebraskans are prepared for postsecondary success.

According to Education Week, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin are among the U.S. states where either the ACT is administered to all 11th-graders or where all students are given free access to the test. Illinois and Michigan recently switched from the ACT to the SAT. Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, states can measure high school achievement with college entrance exams instead of standards-based assessments.
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