Mar 18, 2014 7:08 PM by Akeam Ashford

State Picks Up ACT Testing Tab

College-bound juniors and seniors are breathing a little easier this evening, after completing the ACT.

The ACT, a college-entrance exam, measures a student's proficiency in English, math, reading and science to determine a student's readiness for college.

According to Acadiana High School test coordinator Peggy Stefan, 450 students took the test today. She said test completion numbers are up from last year.

"Actually we did very well here at Acadiana high. We had right at 20 students that did not take the test, which is half of what we had last year," Stefan said.

The state will pick up the roughly $76,000 tab for about 2,300 Lafayette Parish students to take the test once, said Tom Spencer, LPSS Director of Accountability.

"The cost of the test is substantially less than it would cost for a student to sign up and go take the test themselves," Spencer said.

Acadiana High School uses ACT test prep material to familiarize students with possible test questions.

Stefan felt that has helped the numbers improve.

"I think it was also a positive indicator of why we had so few absences today, because our students were well informed and knew what they were getting into," Stefan said.

Even if a a student doesn't think he or she will go to college in the future, Stefan said it's still a good idea for a student to take the test.

"Two or three years down the road you don't know what your choices may be. So taking the ACT seriously at this stage allows that score to be available for the student if they need to use it later on in life," Stefan said.



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