Madison…Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) released the following statement after the announcement that high school students applying to University of Wisconsin System colleges won’t have to take the ACT or SAT college preparatory tests.

“During the pandemic, students of every age have fallen woefully behind. Remedial class attendance numbers have been growing for years because high school students are unprepared for college as it is. Removing ACT/SAT requirements only exacerbates this.

“Only one-third of Wisconsin students are proficient – operating at grade level – in math and English language arts, 64% of Wisconsin students are not proficient in reading, with 34% of Wisconsin students are not even meeting a basic reading level.

“Educational institutions should be reinstating benchmarks, not removing them.”

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