In spring of 2014, the State of Utah paid for all Morgan High School juniors to take the college admission ACT test. And they were not alone. After passage of a state bill in 2013, the legislature funded offering the test to all public school juniors for free.
Administrators and educators statewide collectively held their breaths, expecting a dip in test averages. Previously, only students who wanted to take the test—typically those preparing to attend college after graduating from high school—paid for the chance to participate.
“Everyone expected a drop, kids that chose to take it (previously) compared to where every kid was required to take it,” Morgan High School Principal Wade Murdock said.
However, Wade is pleased with the results of his Class of 2015.