Illinois is changing which college entrance exam will be required for high school juniors.
The state has a new three-year, $14.3 million contract for students to take the SAT, not the ACT, which for 15 years has been administered to juniors at no charge to the students.
The SAT supposedly beat ACT’s offer, but the ACT has filed a formal protest, claiming in a statement that the College Board, the testing company which provides the SAT, “did not disclose current or pending litigation as well as inconsistent, biased or arbitrary scoring in the evaluation of the proposal.”
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The Illinois State Board of Education said in a statement, “The procurement for a college entrance examination remains open. After the successful bidder is posted, a 14-day protest period begins during which a protest to the process may be filed. In the case of this specific procurement, the posting period was extended until Dec. 16 and ACT filed a protest. As a result, the process remains open and the Chief Procurement Officer’s office will now look into the merits of the basis of the protest.”
A spokesperson for the board wouldn’t say whether this protest will cause a delay in administering a college entrance exam to students.