Students Now Have Alternative to State Achievement Tests

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Bismarck, ND – Students now have an alternative to the state required achievement tests.

State Superintendent Kirsten Baesler said Monday that 17 North Dakota school districts have been cleared to use the ACT exam in place of a required state math and English achievement test for high school students. 

The districts that are allowed to make the switch are Bismarck, Fargo, West Fargo, Grand Forks, Williston, Mandan, Wahpeton, Beulah, Dakota Prairie, Fordville-Lankin, Goodrich, Harvey, Larimore, Lidgerwood, Sargent Central, White Shield and Zeeland.

The ACT is a widely used college entrance exam, and North Dakota students must earn a composite ACT score of 24 or greater to qualify for up to $6,000 in state college scholarship aid.

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