Starting this spring, Delaware will give the SAT to all high-school juniors attending public schools, the state’s department of education announced on Tuesday.
Delaware, which will receive about $1.8 million in federal money for the program, gave the College Board a four-year contract to administer the college-entrance exam annually to 11th graders. The program will cost the state about $47 per student.
Delaware officials hope that move will increase the number of students who apply to college, and better prepare high-school graduates for post-secondary education and careers. Last year, 36 percent of the state’s juniors took the SAT.
Maine is the only other state that provides the SAT to its high-school students. In 2006, the state replaced its high-school assessment test with the SAT. Juniors are now required to take the exam.
The ACT Inc., which administers the ACT, has partnerships with nine states that provide its exam to high-school students.