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Another standardized test added for Alabama 10th graders

(IMAGE: MGN) Another standardized test added for Alabama 10th graders

Right in time for final exams and advanced placement testing, local 10th graders are going to be faced with another standardized test.

While investigating this last-minute state-wide decision impacting 5,000 local students, NBC 15 news found out Mobile County Public Schools have no plans to prepare our kids for this major test.

Last week, the Alabama Board of Education voted to require 10th graders to take the PreACT test next month.

The PreACT is designed to prepare 10th graders for the ACT exam they will take in the 11th grade.

Last year, the state school board ended its contract with one of the testing companies. However, state and federal law requires schools to measure student improvement on high school tests.

This requirement will now be met with the PreACT test because it can measure improvement on standardized tests from the 10th grade to the 11th grade.

It's already tough being a teenager, but add final exams and advanced placement testing into the equation.... you get a lot of stressed out students and parents come May.

"We're not ready for this," parent Nasch Bright said.

Bright wasn't ready for the news we told her either on Wednesday afternoon. Unbeknownst to her, Bright's 10th grade son will take another standardized test next month, the PreACT.

"Wow this is something he needs to prepare for," Bright said, adding "This is a sudden thing."

NBC 15 asked Mobile County Public School's Superintendent Martha Peek about concerns of the short notice for school systems.

When asked if there's enough time for schools to prepare, Peek said the following:

"Well there's really nothing to prepare right now. It will be baseline data

Peek says the timing isn't prime, but this last-minute test will hopefully have future benefits for our kids.

She tells us the PreACT doesn't count towards college evaluations or our school's passing or failing grades. Instead, it is meant to prepare students for the test that will -- the ACT students are required to take in 11th grade.

"When that PreACT data comes in, all of the high schools will begin then looking at what students need, what additional preparation or what subjects need to be emphasized in order for students to be ready for the ACT," Peek said.

"We'll have to see," Bright said, adding "I just will have to make sure my son is prepared."

While some parents are on edge about the new exam, older students actually say this is a good thing.

"I wish I could have taken it, so I probably could have made a better grade and had experience earlier," 12th grader Zycorious Loper said.

The PreACT replaces the ACT Aspire test sophomores used to take.

It's meant to a fill a state and federal requirement that says all schools need to measure student improvement through high school exams.

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