Free ACT Testing Encourages Students to Seek Higher Education
After the Office of Public Instruction teamed up with the Commissioner of Higher Education to provide free ACT testing last spring, results show nearly 3,000 more Montana students took the test compared to last year.
The Office of Public Instruction reported more than 9,000 public school juniors took the ACT test last spring. Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says this was made possible through a partnership with the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education. By providing free testing, Juneau says more Montana students will be encouraged to pursue college.
"I think as this trend continues, and more and more students begin to take the ACT and the Universal ACT For All program gets kicked off, we'll see a lot more college-going rates for our state which is pretty exciting."
Funding to pay for the test fees comes from a seven-year, $28 million federal grant. Juneau says the grant money will cover ACT test fees for the next five years.
Story by Jill Jagelski, Beartooth NBC.
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