News & Announcements
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- ACT Introduces the PreACT – March 22, 2016
On March 22, ACT released their response to the encroaching SAT Suite of Assessments: the PreACT. Designed for 10th grade students, the PreACT is a slightly shorter version of the ACT, mirroring the scoring and scaling of the full test but clocking in at an hour and 55 minutes of testing time.
- Illinois Officially Replaces ACT with SAT – February 11, 2016
The ACT has lost its administrative appeal, and the Illinois State Board of Education will begin negotiating a contract with the College Board to make the SAT the new college entrance exam for Illinois public high schools.
- ACT Now. SAT Future. Chicago’s Plan for Student Assessment – January 15, 2016
This week Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced to parents and educators its plan for a college entrance exam for spring 2016: CPS will remain committed to the ACT, with the Class of 2017 all taking a fully-funded ACT on May 3rd.
- PARCC Restructures, Allows States to Customize Test – November 12, 2015
As a result of state concerns about test flexibility, PARCC announced new options for states to customize their PARCC testing experience.
- College Board Expands SAT Access with Launch of Practice App – September 30, 2015
As part of its efforts to increase access to higher ed for all students, the College Board has launched a practice app for the new SAT.
- Illinois Streamlines AP Test Score Requirements – August 15. 2015
Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, Illinois colleges and universities must provide course credit to students who score at least as 3 on an AP exam, according to a bill signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Current score acceptance policies vary by school, however many schools only grant credit for scores of 4 or 5.
- ACT Drops Compass Placement Test – June 18, 2015
ACT has decided to phase out the Compass college placement test in upcoming years. While the number of students taking the ACT has increased, the number of students taking the Compass assessment has decreased. ACT has announced plans to continue to expand the accessibility of the ACT through online testing as well as paper-and-pencil testing.
- PARCC Simplifies Test Administration – May 21, 2015
Illinois and Chicago schools took the PARCC assessment for the first time this school year. For many schools, the test, which can take nine to 11 hours, was prohibitively long, As a result of widespread complaints about testing time, PARCC has announced that they are reducing the length of the test and consolidating testing into one window.
- ACT Expands Testing by Computer – May 8, 2015
ACT officially launches the online version of the ACT test for state and district-wide testing programs. ACT plans to use the information from this pilot to further improve and refine the online testing experience.