High school students could soon have to pay the cost of taking the ACT test.   Mary Fergus with the Illinois State Board of Education says it’s one of the options they’re considering if they can’t foot the bill to fund the ACT and the new PARCC test. 

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The state is looking to switch over to the PARCC test next year, which apparently gauges college readiness just as well if not better than the ACT.  But funding both tests comes with a 54-million-dollar price tag.  Schools might not be able to swing that much cash if their budget is slashed again.  Fergus says if they have to transition to student-paid testing, the state will still pick up the ACT costs for low-income students.

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