MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s public school superintendent wants to make all students take the ACT college entrance exam – plus three other tests designed to gauge their ability to succeed in college and the workplace.
Tony Evers said Wednesday he would ask Governor Scott Walker to include $7-million in his next two-year budget to cover the cost of administering the exams.
High school juniors would have to take the ACT, plus a separate exam to test their career skills.
All freshmen-and-sophomores would have to take a pre-ACT exam each year. Evers says the tests would replace the long-running Wisconsin Knowledge-and-Concepts Exams in math, reading, and English starting in the fall of 2014.
Evers says it makes much more sense to use the ACT tests – because it provides much information than the current exams about each student’s readiness for college and careers.
John Johnson of the state Department of Public Instruction said it would remove a cost barrier for those who cannot afford the ACT now, since the state would pay to test all youngsters.
Right now, four of every 10 Wisconsin students don’t take the ACT, the test required to enter most Midwest colleges.