Bill would replace MCAs with ACT

A bill heard in committee this week would replace the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) with the American College Testing (ACT) test to meet state and federal testing requirements. Education stakeholders argue that this change would help to ensure college and career readiness and save students money on college-prep tests by integrating the nationally normed college entrance exam into high school curriculum.

If passed, the new law would go into effect August 1, 2017 and apply to students entering grade nine in the 2017-2018 school year and later. Combining the state graduation requirements with college entrance exams would mean fewer tests for high school students, and critics of the MCA argue students do not currently take the test seriously. The bill was passed as amended by the E-12 Policy Committee on Wednesday and re-referred to the E-12 Finance Committee. (SF 333)