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ACT Aspire president: Oklahoma is on right track with this test

TOM STROMME/Tribune Darice Keating, president and General Manager of ACT Aspire assessments, spoke to an interim meeting of the education committee in the state capitol on Thursday.

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Darice Keating, president and General Manager of ACT Aspire assessments, spoke to an interim meeting of the education committee in the state capitol on Thursday.

Regarding “Lawmakers should take new look at ACT Aspire” (Our Views, Feb. 24): College and career readiness and the Common Core State Standards are not the same. ACT recognizes that. And the state of Oklahoma, which set expectations for students to be college and career ready and has repealed implementation of the Common Core State Standards, clearly also recognizes that.

Unfortunately, The Oklahoman seemed to have missed that message. The editorial references the findings of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s mid-February report, which analyzed four next-generation assessments for compliance to the Common Core State Standards. The assessments included ACT Aspire, two federally funded alternatives (PARCC and Smarter Balanced), and the Massachusetts-based MCAS.

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