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Juniors take the ACT on Tuesday





About 2,600 CMSD juniors are scheduled to take the ACT college admissions exam in school on Tuesday, a move that could help them meet new graduation requirements while also taking a step toward higher education.

The state began requiring districts to offer the ACT or SAT college admissions test last year. Passing the exam – with a score that shows they do not need remedial work -- is one way that students can qualify for their high school diplomas.

But CMSD has served as a test site since the 2010-11 school year. The District voluntarily offered the exam as part of its efforts to create a culture focused on college and careers.

Giving the exam in school can spare the students from paying a fee and having to travel to a test site on Saturday. Because of Cleveland’s high poverty, District students can have fees waived twice.

But the school setting can also put minds at ease, said Anthony Battaglia, CMSD director of career and college readiness.

“Students test better when they are in a familiar environment, don’t have to stress about how to get to the testing site and don’t have to rearrange their schedules to take the assessment,” he said.

CMSD will switch to the SAT next year because of its connection to the PSAT, also known as the Preliminary SAT, and Khan Academy, the College Board’s official program for SAT preparation.

Battaglia said Khan Academy's program is aligned with Ohio’s state standards and allows students to set up a personalized plan based on their skills.

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