Statewide task force recommends eliminating 11th grade ACT from accountability system

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GILLETTE, Wyoming — Wyoming high school juniors will no longer be required to take the ACT college entrance exam if initial recommendations from a state panel are adopted.

The Wyoming State Board of Education recently received initial recommendations from the Statewide Assessment Task Force, which was created by state legislators.

Task force members have been developing items to be included in a request for proposals for an alternative to the statewide PAWs test given to students in grades 3-8 in Wyoming.

Scott Marion, a consultant and facilitator for the task force, said the group is recommending a comprehensive testing system for Wyoming to be expanded to include grades 3-10.

The task force says the state's assessment system must support both state and federal accountability requirements and the tests must be validated for specific purposes.

The task force strongly recommended eliminating the 11th grade ACT because it is designed to determine college readiness and may not be valid for measuring student achievement against the state's content standards or informing instruction.

In addition, the task force is recommending a reduction in the test load for students, the Gillette News Record reported (

The summative testing time should be no more than 1 percent of the school year, the task force recommended.

Among other recommendations, the group also suggested including the 10th-grade assessment results as part of Hathaway Scholarship college entrance and scholarship eligibility requirements.

The task force will continue its work and is expected to present a revised report to the State Board of Education on Oct. 12. Board members are expected to make their final comments two days later.

The task force's final report will be given to the Legislature Oct. 16.

Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record,

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