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Utah Senate passes bill to test high school juniors for college readiness

Published February 27, 2013 12:40 pm

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The Utah Senate passed a bill Wednesday that could mean ACT testing for all Utah high school students next school year.

SB175 would require schools to give a college readiness test, such as the ACT, to all high school juniors and could require schools to give other tests in earlier grades geared toward predicting success in higher education. The bill, which would cost the state $850,000, would also require schools to offer students access to an online program, to be selected by the State Office of Education, to help them prepare to take the readiness test.

SB175 passed the Senate unanimously on Wednesday and it now advances to the House for consideration. The bill is similar to one that ran last year and died on the last night of the session for lack of action, despite broad support from education, business and government leaders.