Illinois Plans to Move from the ACT to the SAT

Illinois will stop giving the ACT college entrance exam and instead start giving high school juniors the rival SAT.

The Chicago Tribune reports the company that offers the ACT has filed a protest with the state seeking to cancel Illinois' contract with the College Board, which offers the SAT. State records show the three-year contract is worth $14.3 million.

Illinois has given the ACT for free to 11th graders for 15 years.

East Peoria representative Michael Unes has filed legislation to ensure students can pick which exam they want to take.

The Tribune also reports that a state budget impasse in Illinois has complicated the situation because dozens of districts earlier this school year signed up for ACT testing. Some did so at their own cost because Illinois has no budget for statewide testing due to the impasse.

Nothing will be final until the ACT's protest is resolved.