Parents…you may have heard that our state has decided to move from the ACT to the SAT as the college entrance exam for Illinois students. If you’re the parent of a high school junior, you may be wondering how this news will affect your child this year.

The first thing to know is that the change is not immediate. All juniors will still take a school day ACT test with writing in spring 2016. The date for that exam will be shared with you shortly, and all students will be required to participate. Students who planned to take the ACT on a Saturday may still do so if they wish, but regardless, all juniors will be required to take the test in school later this spring.

The ACT is an important test for your child and for our District. It helps predict how prepared students are for college, and the results are part of what CPS uses to determine school quality.

As for the SAT, that transition won’t happen until next school year. If the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) confirms that the SAT will in fact be the college entrance exam provider for our students, then CPS will work closely with schools to help get children ready for this change. IN the meantime, our teachers and principals will continue preparing students for success on the ACT.

If you have questions about this transition, don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher, counselor or school principal.