Wisconsin superintendent seeks to require all students take ACT

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September 12, 2012

State Superintendent Tony Evers

By Greg Janetka

MADISON, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers put forth a proposal today to have all students take the ACT as well as three other tests. In order to remove the cost barrier for students, he plans to ask Gov. Scott Walker (R) for $7 million in the next two-year budget to cover the expense.[1]

Currently, 4 of every 10 Wisconsin students do not take the ACT, which is a requirement for most colleges in the Midwest. The three other tests would replace the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination, which is used to comply with federal testing requirements. "It makes sense to use the ACT to fulfill state and federal testing requirements at the high school level with an exam package that provides so much more than the WKCE: college and career readiness assessments and a college admissions test score," Evers stated.[2]

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie thanked Evers for the proposal and said it would be taken into consideration. The governor's next budget proposal will be released early next year.[3]

The Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction is a nonpartisan elected position. Evers has served in this role since April 7, 2009.[4]

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