Proposed Legislation Would Require D.C. High School Students to Take the SAT or ACT

Kwame R. Brown, chair of the District of Columbia Council, has introduced legislation that if enacted would require all students at the city’s high schools to take either the SAT or ACT college entrance examinations in order to graduate. In addition, all students would be required to complete an application for admission to a college or trade school, regardless of whether or not they planned to continue their education. African Americans make up about 70 percent of the district’s public school students.

Brown, a graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, states that “We have to more young folks prepared to go to college. A lot of them don’t even know how to prepare to apply to go to college. They have never seen a college application. We have to set high expectations.”

One problem is that there are test fees and college application fees that would need to be paid. Brown is still working on the details on how to finance his program.

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