Illinois has decided to make the switch from the ACT’s college entrance exam to the SAT, tests typically given each spring to 11th-graders across the state.
But there’s a hitch. ACT officials have filed a protest with the Illinois State Board of Education, which selected the College Board’s SAT in November, after the contract with ACT expired June 30.
So just which exam will most students in Illinois take in the spring?
“It’s premature [to say] now, as the procurement process remains open,” said Amanda Simhauser, a spokeswoman with the state board. “Until a contract has been executed, we can’t say.”
Students can take either test in the spring, but only the test selected by the state board will be offered free, Simhauser said.
She said the state’s Chief Procurement Office is currently looking into “the merits” of ACT’s protest but there’s no timeline for a decision.
ACT officials couldn’t be reached for comment on Monday.
Chicago Public Schools officials said, based on the ongoing uncertainty about state funding, the district is considering all options.
“CPS is committed to providing…