"So many of the students didn't seem to be trying hard on the Alabama exit exam and it was taking up a lot of time and there was a lot of dissatisfaction with it,” said State School Board member, Betty Peters. “The prior superintendent, Dr. Joe Morton, suggested we give the ACT exam in the 11th grade and that would get all the students to take it.”
Normally, the ACT would cost a student $48, but thanks to the State of Alabama Education budget students won’t have to pay a dime.
Unlike in the past when students took the Alabama High School Graduation Exam, the ACT will not be an indicator for a pass or fail to graduate.
Although every student will be taking it they do not have to send it off to any schools.
Director dothan city schools
"It’s going to do is give some students that maybe never paid for the ACT and never decided to take the act it'll give them a chance to look and see their scores qualify them for college and that they're able to go to college,” said Director of Dothan City Schools, Allyson Morgan. “Where before maybe that didn't even think they had the opportunity."
Morgan says not only will this test help 11th graders but these changes will also help with younger grades.
"After this year say in 6th grade the score that a student makes on the aspire we can talk to parents about if your student continues with this trajectory this is what they're predicting to make on the ACT so that’s really good that makes sense to parents. Where before we had several different tests given that didn't correlate with each other," said Morgan.
Administrators hope that by seeing the scores students will continue their education after high school
Next year the WorkKeys will also be given to seniors so they have the chance to see what careers they're best suited for.