11th-graders to take the ACT in spring 2016


Special to The SUN

The Department of Education today confirmed it has received approval to administer the ACT exam to high school juniors this year. The agreement will not change the selection committee’s unanimous decision to award College Board a five-year contract to administer the PSAT and SAT to Colorado’s 10th- and 11th-grade students.

Under the agreement, this year’s 10th-graders will take the PSAT in preparation for Colorado’s full transition to the SAT in spring 2017.

“We’re very thankful that the testing vendors were willing to work with us to create a transition year for our 11th-grade students,” said Interim Education Commissioner Elliott Asp. “Our high school juniors can take the assessment they’ve been preparing for and we will work with districts, educators and the College Board to create a smooth transition to the SAT in 2017.”

A protest to awarding the contract to College Board was filed last week by the Colorado Association of School Executives. The department’s representative at the Attorney General’s Office said the protest has no standing and all public documents related to the request for proposal and selection process will be available to the public. Information that is proprietary to each of the vendors is not subject to public disclosure.

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