Missouri to Use ACT Tests – Why Can’t Florida?

From AP reporter Heather Hollingsworth in the Springfield News-Ledger:

KANSAS CITY — Missouri will begin picking up the tab for students to take the ACT college entrance exam and dramatically reduce the amount of time some elementary and middle school students spend taking state assessments.

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has announced that the testing revisions will take effect next school year and shave $3.5 million from the testing budget.

With the changes, Missouri will join more than a dozen states that already offer the ACT test to all their students. Missouri plans to offer the test one time, free of charge to high school juniors and use the results to evaluate their readiness for college and careers. Students will be on their own if they want to retake the exam and try for a higher score

This makes so much gosh darn sense that there is no way Florida will do this.


Such a proposal backs Florida’s common core supporters into the corner as the ACT is a long accepted assessment that evaluates student “readiness for college and careers.” As Pam Stewart’s “Florida standards” means Florida needs a Florida test, the ACT cannot be right for Florida.


Then there is the little appearance problem that using the ACT in Florida would create. It’s Tony Bennett’s new employer and they are already making a run at getting Florida’s tests. Maybe Bennett’s even influenced the Missouri deal. Wouldn’t that be special to get Bennett’s tests in Florida?


About Bob Sikes

A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I'd one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990's. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.
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