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Career test for kindergarteners in the works

Monday - 7/2/2012, 3:17pm  ET

By JOSH LEDERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A new digital tool to test academic and behavioral skills will target students starting in kindergarten.

ACT, the organization that developed the ACT college-entrance exam, will start testing the tool in the fall. It will be available to schools starting in 2014.The tool tracks students' career interests, academic performance and progress toward goals. It's designed to follow students from kindergarten through high school.

Jon Erickson, president of ACT's education division, says the goal is to identify and address gaps in skills needed for college and the workforce. The assessment combines traditional testing with teacher-led projects to generate an instant, digital score.

The organization says it's a multimillion dollar project, but will be affordable and adaptable for schools and states.


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