State pays for all juniors to take ACT, seeks to measure schools

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State educators in Missouri footed the bill for 65,000 high school juniors to take the ACT exam. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education views the ACT as an important gauge of how public schools are performing. | Photo courtesy of Edu in Review

When an estimated 65,000 high school juniors across Missouri took the ACT exam on Tuesday, the state picked up the tab.

State educators this year decided to invest $3.8 million to administer the exam statewide. Last year, families of the 50,000 or so students in the state who took the $50 exam paid for it themselves.

Debate abounds about the merits of standardized testing in the U.S., but the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education views the ACT as an important gauge of how public schools in the state are performing.

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