Some Utah lawmakers want HS juniors to take test for college

Feb 28 2013 - 6:05pm

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Utah State Legislature
Utah State Legislature

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the state's high schools to give the ACT or a similar exam to high school juniors.

Republican Sen. Howard Stephenson of Draper said the new exam would replace the current Utah Basic Skills Competency Test as a requirement for students to graduate from high school.

Under the bill, the state would also cover the cost of online prep courses for students taking the new test. But some school officials say they worry the state won't set aside enough money to pay for those courses for each college junior in Utah.

A similar measure died last year in the final moments of the session when lawmakers ran out of time.

The bill goes to the House for consideration.

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