U of A Study Proposes Expanded ACT Testing, Backs State Funding Plan

MARCH 2, 2005 - Posted at 4:26 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The University of Arkansas' 2010 Commission is recommending that every high school junior in the state take a college entrance exam.

The recommendation comes from the commission's third report released today.  The school also wants state legislators to dedicate themselves to building research and technology programs.

College-bound high school students are expected to take either the American College Test or the Scholastic Aptitude Test in their junior year.  The tests are optional, but the 2010 Commission says they should be mandatory, regardless of concerns that the state's average ACT score might drop if every student was required to take it.

Test results might show that some students are college material.

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