FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - In Maryland, Frederick County Public Schools will allow students to take the SAT in the 11th grade instead of during their 12th grade year, In hopes of giving them a jump start on their college career.
The school system is required to provide all students with one free assessment, and they decided on the SAT for 11th graders. FCPS officials say this is to meet college and career designation requirements.
Although students can prove their ready for college through a variety of other tests in 11th grade, officials say they are allowing them to take the SAT since it's a test that students tend to perform better on.
"In the past, students have been able to use PARCC exams, but we decided to administer the SAT to all 11th graders just to increase equity for all students to be able to have access to the SAT,” said FCPS Supervisor of Testing and Accountability, Deborah Gilmartin.
Officials say the ACT is another assessment that students can take. The school system is required to provide all students with one free assessment and that's why they decided on the SAT.