“GEER funds should have been used for that. It’s just unfair,” Rosecrants said.
Kristy Hernandez, director of student services at Moore Public Schools and chair of the Oklahoma ACT Council, said school districts and families were counting on the state to provide the in-school free tests. Cost, transportation, work and family obligations can preclude the national-site testing offered Saturdays.
Hernandez said districtwide testing would cost Moore Public Schools about $60,000. “We don’t have the funds to do that,” she said.
Virgin said it’s not a district’s responsibility to pay for the tests. The state made the decision to use the ACT to measure education outcomes and meet federal assessment requirements, so the state should cover the cost, she said.
Oklahoma stands alone
Oklahoma is the only state forced to cancel spring ACT testing, without providing a makeup opportunity, due to COVID-19.
Twenty-one states had planned to test juniors in the spring, said Catherine Hofmann, vice president of state services at ACT, the Iowa-based nonprofit that administers the test.
“Some states were able to fully test this past spring or did summer testing to complete the testing,” Hofmann said. All the others are offering fall testing to those students who now are seniors, she said.