By Alyson Klein
As states and school districts begin to revisit the number of standardized tests students must take, some states—particularly Connecticut—are contemplating replacing Common Core aligned assessments with college-entrance exams at the high school level.
The rationale is that most high school juniors have to (or should) take those tests anyway, so why not use them for accountability? (Check out this story for a rundown of how states use college-entrance tests in their accountability systems.)
But there are some limits to this approach. For instance, Kansas wanted to give its districts the option of allowing students who scored at a level considered “college-and-career ready” on entrance exams the chance to opt out of state assessments.