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School district drops test requirement for graduation

High school students are no longer required to take college entrance exams or job skills tests to get a diploma in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

The Board of Education dropped the testing requirement on Tuesday after a similar move at the state level and at Alaska’s other large school districts.

Previously, students were required to take either the SAT, ACT or WorkKeys assessments.

There was no minimum score required to earn a diploma.

The state paid for the testing but the appropriation was cut from its budget last year.

School board members wondered whether to keep it as a local requirement if it helps graduates get jobs or enroll in college.
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
February 7, 2017 
Amanda Bohman