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Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for SAT, ACT?

High school testing is on the brink of a profound shift, as states increasingly choose college-entrance exams to measure achievement. The new federal education law invites that change, but it comes with some big caution signs and unanswered questions.

The questions are hanging over a provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act that lets states measure high school achievement with college-entrance exams instead of standards-based assessments.

If many states make that change, it would represent an important national shift in the meaning of high school testing, assessment experts say.