Senate Panel OKs Dropping Writing from College Entrance Exam
CHEYENNE, WY. (AP) — Legislation to no longer require Wyoming high school students to complete a writing test in college entrance exams is advancing through the state Legislature.
Currently, the state pays for all 11th graders to take a college entrance exam that tests them on English, reading, writing and math.
Democratic Rep. John Freeman, of Green River, sponsored House Bill 117 to replace the writing portion with science.
Freeman says the writing test costs the state about $75,000 extra for the ACT and delays the test results for four to six weeks.
In addition, he says most area colleges don’t require the writing test to gain entrance.
The bill passed the House. It was approved on a 5-0 vote in the Senate Education Committee on Friday and now goes to the Senate floor.