Districts Pay For ACT

Local school districts will cover the cost for juniors to take the ACT this school year.

That’s after the state announced a switch to the SAT as their college entrance exam of choice. But with an uncertain state budget, districts can’t rely on exam costs being covered.

“Some of what the state Superintendent shared with districts recently, was that they don’t yet have definitive information regarding the administration of the SAT this spring. The state board does not yet know if appropriations will be made available to fund the cost of providing a college entrance exam, and they really, right now, don’t have a set time frame for determination,” said Superintendent for District 203, Dan Bridges.

As some students have been preparing for the ACT for quite some time, the districts wanted to ensure at least that test would be free. Typically, the state provides funds for every junior to take the exam, a cost that will now be absorbed by each district.

For current juniors to take the ACT with a written component, District 203 will pay $80,000 for 1,400 students and District 204 will pay almost $130,000 for their 2,300 juniors.

Both districts plan to administer the test in April, but individuals can always sign up to take either exam at their own expense.

Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.

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