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Kansas purchases 60,000 exams to help students prepare for college, post-secondary job training

September 2, 2010

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— Kansas plans to buy 60,000 exams so that public schools can help eighth- and 10th-graders prepare for college or job training after high school.

The ACT Explore and ACT Plan tests are similar to the ACT college entrance exam and come from the same nonprofit organization.

The Kansas Department of Education says it will buy 30,000 of each exam with up to $555,000 in federal funds, so that schools won't have to charge students who want to take them.

The ACT Explore exam is for eighth-graders and identifies their academic strengths and weaknesses. The ACT Plan is similar but can be used to help students decide on possible career paths.

Comments

timetospeakup 4 years, 7 months ago

What a waste of money. When I took the ACT Plan test in high school, it was sold to us as "a cheap practice test for the ACT that somebody else grades." Unless it's changed drastically since then, there are cheaper ways to give kids a practice test.

Not that practice tests are a good way to spend time, nobody did anything because of their ACT Plan test results.

Boston_Corbett 4 years, 7 months ago

A great example of an earmark in the federal education act. If it is half a million to Kansas, this earmark could be close to $100 million nationally.

whats_going_on 4 years, 7 months ago

does it matter when no one can find a job anyway?

DillonBarnes 4 years, 7 months ago

Comon people, just buy one test and a copy machine! :)

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