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Illinois replaces ACT with SAT

By Daily Illini Staff Report

February 15, 2016

The state of Illinois announced Thursday that it will now require high school students to take the College Board’s SAT test instead of the ACT.Despite protests from the ACT, the decision was made to use the SAT after a state procurement process.The board’s contract with the ACT expired on June 30, 2015. After...

First semester GPA predicts graduation likelihood

Graduates pose for photos as University officials enter Memorial Stadium for commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2015.

By Lilly Mashayek

February 15, 2016

New research suggests that the first semester at college could be more important than a lot of freshmen may prefer to think. Students who earn low first semester GPAs may be at risk of having a decreased likelihood that they will graduate than their peers who received higher grades.The researchers looke...

Illinois still undecided on college exam

Illinois still undecided on college exam

By Ali Braboy

January 24, 2016

A state contract with the College Board — who supplies the SAT — or the ACT won’t affect University applicants or the admissions process.EJRobin Kaler, campus spokeswoman, said the University accepts both the ACT and SAT for students interested in applying to the University.Kaler ...

Illinois Board of Education: State college readiness is low

By Aaron Navarro

November 12, 2015

Forty-six. That’s the percentage of Illinois public school students that scored a 21 or higher on their ACT, and is the percentage of students that the Illinois State Board of Education defined as “college-prepared,” according to its annual report card.The composite ACT score is only a starting...

Illinois locks down on social media

By Dixie Limbachia

September 30, 2015

Illinois schools can no longer claim access to their students’ social media accounts, according to a new Illinois law that will go into effect on Sept. 15, 2016.Previously, Illinois elementary and secondary schools could force students to give administrators access to accounts such as Facebook, Twitter and ...