Illinois officials consider ending free ACT exams

Matthew Zalaznick's picture
Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The ACT — a crucial rite of passage for many into the world of higher education — has been given free of charge to Illinois' 11th graders for more than a decade, part of mandated state exams for public high school juniors.

But in what would be a groundbreaking shift, the state's top education official says that beginning next school year, the popular ACT should no longer be a state-required test covered by taxpayers.

Instead, the college-entrance exam would become voluntary, with perhaps only low-income students getting to take it for free, said state School Superintendent Christopher Koch.

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