The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District recently announced that the district will be covering the cost of ACT college-entrance testing for high-school juniors during spring 2018. In the past, Missouri state government provided funding for all juniors to take the ACT during the spring at no cost to the student or his/her school district.

With the state’s announcement that state funding would end during 2017-18, district officials made the decision to pick up the cost, estimated at $74,000, for this year. Families with Lee’s Summit R-7 high-school juniors received an e-mail during late August informing them of the district’s commitment to funding the ACT college-entrance test.

As in past years, this administration of the exam will continue to count as an official ACT exam. Students will continue to have the opportunity to send the scores to four colleges of their choice at no cost to the student.

This spring 2018 ACT exam can also be used to help post a qualifying math score to achieve A+ funding. There is one difference between the R-7 administration of the ACT exam and the previous state administration — Lee’s Summit R-7 juniors will no longer be required to sit for the writing portion of the exam. Due to the optional nature of the writing component combined with the additional cost it would require, Lee’s Summit R-7 will simply offer the four required subject tests: English, math, reading and science.

The e-mail to all families with juniors stated: “In an effort to best prepare our students for the ACT, each R-7 high school will continue to hold an all-school testing day in October. The purpose of this day is to provide each junior an opportunity to take a practice ACT and receive diagnostic feedback.”

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