Every high school student in Wisconsin would take the ACT college entrance exam during their junior year under a proposal by the state Department of Public Instruction.
State Superintendent Tony Evers announced the idea Wednesday at a news conference in Pewaukee.
The ACT would replace the Wisconsin Knowledge Concepts Examination starting in the 2014 school year. All 11th grade students would take it. Students in elementary grades would take a new test being designed by a 28-state consortium that includes Wisconsin.
There are 10 other states that require students to take the ACT to meet state testing requirements. Wisconsin's proposal would cost about $7 million over the next two years and must be approved by the Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker before taking effect.