All La. high-school students to take ACT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The ACT college prep test will be given to all public high school students next school year.

The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in 2010 to include ACT among the standardized tests all Louisiana students take. On Tuesday, education officials said the plan will be implemented in the 2012-2013 school year.

College-bound students in Louisiana routinely take the ACT, and they can take it up to a dozen times to improve their score - generally at their own expense. Now, the state will pay for every public school student to take it once as part of a school assessment tool.

Tuesday's announcement also includes plans to increase advanced placement courses in high schools, and more opportunities for high school students to take post-high school courses.

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