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From Chicago Tribune:

At the end of January, Illinois School Superintendent Christopher Koch told members of the Illinois State Board of Education that beginning next year, the ACT should no longer be a state-required test covered by taxpayers. Instead, the college-entrance exam would become voluntary, with perhaps only low-income students getting to take it for free. Koch said he’s concerned about added costs as new mandatory tests are being implemented in Illinois in spring 2015 and is also worried about juniors spending added hours on lengthy high school exams. Other members of the state board argued that the ACT is an important measure of performance for parents and students and has been a popular test because students can use scores from the state-paid ACT to get into college. A final decision has not been made about administering the college-entrance exam next year and the future of the free ACT in Illinois remains uncertain.

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