Schools Plan for Change in ACT Test Fees

REPUBLIC, Mo. --- The ACT test, a big part of college readiness, will no longer be offered for free in the state of Missouri.

After being offered for free to high school juniors the past two years, many schools are searching for alternatives for their students if they do not wish to take the ACT test. Republic High School Principal Tyler Overstreet says delivering for their students is a priority.

"We are going to look at offfering some type of assessment for our students that will help them depending on what they want to do when they leave here. We just don't have anything formalized yet, it is still in discussion," Overstreet says.

When Missouri made a $4 million cut to the states' testing budget, funding for the ACT test was left out. Fortunately for the Republic School District, it is something they were able to plan for.

"Our district went ahead and planned to set money aside to offer some type of assessment for kids," Overstreet explains. "It was nice that the state had paid for it, but we felt like we still wanted to give kids those opportunites."

While there is no concrete plan yet, there are options on the table. 

"Since we allocated money for every student to take the ACT, we have the funds avaliable for this year. Now it is just a matter of what type of plan we want to put in place to best meet the needs of our kids," says Overstreet.

The challenge is meeting the needs of every student, as is it not a "one size fits all" proccess.

"Maybe for kids interested in the military, we incorporate some type of military assessment that would help them give a portrait for what their qualifications might look like for enlistment. Perhaps a job-readiness assessment for kids wanting to enter the workforce, or the ACT for kids who are wanting to go to college," Overstreet says.

The ACT cost will be $46, or $62.50 including the optional writing portion. Students who qualify for low-income benefits, such as free and reduced lunch, may still be eligible to test for free. They can inquire through their school counselors.

 


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