Wisconsin would pay for all public high school juniors to take the ACT college admissions test starting in two years as part of a $7 million budget initiative State Superintendent Tony Evers announced Wednesday.
The proposal also includes administering three other tests offered by ACT to measure college and career readiness in high school. The tests would replace the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination, which is currently administered to 10th-graders to comply with federal testing requirements.
"We need to give our students and their families better resources to plan for study and work after high school," Evers said. "It makes sense to use the ACT to fulfill state and federal testing requirements at the high school level with an exam package that provides so much more than the WKCE: college and career readiness assessments and a college admissions test score."
The proposal will be part of DPI's 2013-15 budget request being sent to Gov. Scott Walker. Evers requested $1.2 million to administer three of the ACT tests as part of his last biennial budget request, but the proposal was not included in the governor's budget. That proposal split the $2.4 million cost with districts.