Rumor has it that Missouri will not be funding a free chance for high school juniors and seniors to take the ACT at their school-- but it isn’t a rumor after all.
Missouri has made a $4 million budget cut in assessments for students, and that budget cut included the free chance for students to test their knowledge through the ACT standardized test at their schools. Without funding this chance to all students, students are panicking over what steps they should take next.
Although the state is no longer funding the ACT, that doesn’t mean there aren’t other options available for students to take this test. New Haven High is currently seeking solutions for students who are interested in completing the ACT but hasn’t come to any conclusions as to what students are to do next.
Many teachers at New Haven disapprove of the budget cut in assessments.
Wendy Oelrichs, a multi-science teacher at New Haven, said, “I understand and agree that budget cuts needed to be made, but I am disappointed that some of those cuts had to come from schools.”
Mandy Koch, band director and foreign languages teacher at New Haven, added, “There is a strong push toward assessment in Missouri from our Educational Associations; I feel that if we are required to test at such a frequent interval, then the state should financially support that effort.”
While the state isn’t funding the ACT in schools, students have always had the opportunity to take the ACT in other facilities, at their own cost. However, some teachers feel that the ACT being given in schools allowed students to find their weaknesses, encouraged them to think about colleges, and showed them how well they can actually do in their future once they apply themselves.
Because of the free chance at the ACT during school, students didn’t have to make time in their already-busy schedules to take it. Students at New Haven benefited greatly, especially if it was a requirement for a college of their choice. It gave them the opportunity to test their skills without having to pay the testing fees. However, an entire day dedicated to the ACT wasn’t exactly as beneficial as the test itself.
Kelsey McCroskey, English and journalism teacher at New Haven, said, “The ACT is great practice for college, not to mention that it helps jumpstart students' progress towards applying and being accepted.” She continued, “I think it is important not to stand in the way of striving towards higher education.”
This budget cut, on the flip side, could affect students or pose as the roadblock in front of their path to college; however, since New Haven hasn’t made any concrete decisions about this budget cut, students are still searching for other options.