ACT Now. SAT Future. Chicago’s Plan for Student Assessment
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.
Beyond this commitment to ACT for this school year, CPS indicated the heightened probability of a transition to the SAT for next school year: “If the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) confirms the SAT as our state’s college entrance exam provider, we will work with schools to transition to this test for the 2016-2017 School Year. In the meantime, our teachers and principals remain focused on preparing students for the ACT.”
One factor potentially delaying CPS from full commitment to SAT for SY 2016-7 is ACT’s objection to College Board’s selection by ISBE as Illinois’ new college entrance exam, displacing ACT’s leading role as the Illinois state-mandated college admissions test since 2001. ACT holds that aspects of the selection process were unfair: http://wgntv.com/2015/12/21/illinois-switches-from-act-will-give-students-sat-instead/
Remaining above this controversy, and maintaining our focus on supporting student achievement, Academic Approach is committed to supporting families, students, and schools through this time of testing transition with individualized solutions, level-headed counsel, and high-quality instruction.
For now, it’s all eyes on the ACT for 11th graders in CPS and Illinois public schools, so we’re focusing on offering students and schools flexible, customized solutions to raise achievement on the CPS and IL spring ACTs.
Then, it’s time to prepare for an SAT future. We have developed a set of SAT testing transition services to help students, families, faculty, schools, and districts transition from the ACT to the SAT as seamlessly and successfully as possible. We’re ready to go when you are.
Academic Approach is here to help you take immediate ACT action now as well as prepare for a thoughtful transition to an SAT future that follows.