Changes to the McPherson High School student handbook for the 2012-2013 school year make completion of ACT or similar testing required for participation in graduation.


Changes to the McPherson High School student handbook for the 2012-2013 school year make completion of ACT or similar testing required for participation in graduation.
The new rules, unanimously approved by the USD 418 Board of Education Monday, stipulate that all seniors take either the ACT test or WorkKeys tests in order to graduate.
The school district currently pays for all students to take one of the tests during their senior year. Administrators said that students who skip the tests, who comprise a small minority among students at McPherson High School and McPherson Alternative Center, cost the school money.
District officials also use the results from such tests to track student progress from class to class. USD 418 Superintendent Randy Watson said students who neglect to participate in such testing make it difficult for the district to accurately gauge student performance in the absence of other standardized tests.
“This test takes the place of state testing,” Watson said, “so participation in this is absolutely critical.