High School-Level Assessments: State Requires ACT or SAT for All Students
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High School-Level Assessments: State Requires ACT or SAT for All Students

Why does it matter? Students and higher education institutions benefit when high school assessments are aligned with college entrance expectations. Additionally, students who previously did not have college expectations benefit when they are encouraged to pursue postsecondary education based on the results of statewide mandatory college admission assessments.

Three states—Colorado, Illinois and Michigan—currently require all grade 11 students to take the ACT. These states will be joined by Kentucky beginning in spring 2008 and West Virginia in spring 2009. Wyoming requires all students to take either the ACT or WorkKeys assessment.

One state—Maine—requires all grade 11 students to take the SAT. Idaho will require all grade 11 students to take the ACT, SAT or COMPASS beginning in spring 2011.

All sources for all data points are available through this link.

Last updated: April 11, 2007

Please contact Jennifer Dounay at 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org with questions or comments about this database.



State requires ACT or SAT for all students
Alabama

No

Alaska

No

Arizona

No

Arkansas

No

California

No

Colorado

Yes-ACT

Connecticut

No

Delaware

No

District of Columbia

No

Florida

No

Georgia

No

Hawaii

No

Idaho

Yes-ACT, COMPASS or SAT (effective 2010-2011)

Illinois

Yes-ACT

Indiana

No

Iowa

No

Kansas

No

Kentucky

Yes-ACT (effective 2007-2008)

Louisiana

No

Maine

Yes-SAT

Maryland

No

Massachusetts

No

Michigan

Yes-ACT

Minnesota

No

Mississippi

No

Missouri

No

Montana

No

Nebraska

No

Nevada

No

New Hampshire

No

New Jersey

No

New Mexico

No

New York

No

North Carolina

No

North Dakota

No

Ohio

No

Oklahoma

No

Oregon

No

Pennsylvania

No

Rhode Island

No

South Carolina

No

South Dakota

No

Tennessee

No

Texas

No

Utah

No

Vermont

No


Notes/Citation: However, section 20 (g) of 2006 H.B. 867 directs the state commissioner of education to consult with high school principals about this and report back to the house and senate ed cmtes by the end of January 2007 with his recommendations.
Virginia

No

Washington

No

West Virginia

Yes-ACT (effective 2008-2009)

Wisconsin

No

Wyoming

Yes-ACT


Notes/Citation: Homeschool and private school students must have the opportunity to take the ACT or WorkKeys at no cost on the same day they are administered to public school students.
Puerto Rico

No


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