Mapping their progress: Kim Kile, director of guidance at Greenfield-Central, pinpoints on a map of colleges and universities where G-C students have enrolled. To her, the new test requirement is designed to encourage students to think about their futures. Many, she says, don't do that soon enough. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
GREENFIELD — Regardless of their post-graduation plans, all Greenfield-Central High School seniors will be required to take a placement test this fall and apply to at least one college.
The approach is expected to boost student confidence for those who might not have considered college or known the first step to applying, said G-C principal Steve Bryant, who adopted the idea from New Castle High School.
Seeing an acceptance letter with their name on it might be the tipping point for a student who was on the fence about furthering their education, Bryant said.
“I think it’s a confidence boost because, I think, a lot of kids don’t believe in themselves,” he said.
This year, any senior who has not taken the SAT by Oct. 31 will be required to take the ACCUPLACER, a computer-based placement test that serves as a substitute for the SAT at a variety of technical schools and other higher education institutions.