"That`s one more barrier has been one more barrier I have to come up with more money so I can take this test, or even begin to think about college," says Trevor Mahlum, assessment data coordinator for the Natrona County School District.MAHLUM
SAYS THE STATE IS TRYING TO ENCOURAGE EVERY STUDENT TO TAKE THE TEST AND PURSUE A COLLEGE PLAN.
ACCORDING TO THE ACT BOARD, FEWER THAN 60 PERCENT OF WYOMING JUNIORS AND SENIORS TAKE THE ASSESSMENT.
"If we can broaden that group and more like 95 or 100 percent taking the test then we`ll be testing a different population," Mahlum
NEW LEGISLATION REQUIRES THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
TO ESTABLISH A PROCESS FOR ADMINISTERING A COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL
JUNIORS BEGINNING THIS SPRING.
AS PART OF THE LAW, SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM AND ALL STUDENTS IN THE ELEVENTH GRADE NEED TO TAKE EITHER A COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM OR A JOB SKILLS ASSESSMENT.