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Colorado high school juniors to take SATs, not ACTs

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The state Department of Education has announced that Colorado high school juniors will be required to take the SAT college-entrance exam instead of the ACT starting this spring.

Chalkbeat Colorado reported that officials say a selection committee chose The College Board, which makes the SAT, over the ACT testing company. Colorado juniors have been taking the ACT since 2001.

High school sophomores will also begin taking the PSAT. Testing reform legislation says sophomores and juniors will no longer take PARCC English and math tests, which were implemented last spring.

“We realize this is a big shift for students and that this decision is coming later in the school year than any of us would like,” interim Education Commissioner Elliott Asp said in a statement. “We are committed to exploring options for flexibility that make sense for this year’s juniors who need to use this spring’s exam for their college applications.”

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Asp did not offer any specifics about what that flexibility might look like.

State officials said the committee praised College Board resources available to students and liked the PSAT in part because it aligns with state academic standards in English and math.

The SAT and PSAT will be given each spring for the next five years.

About 55,000 students took the ACT last spring in the state’s public schools.


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