CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - State schools Superintendent Jillian Balow says she supports keeping the ACT test mandatory for all 11th graders.

The Wyoming Assessment Task Force, a group of principals, teachers and other educators, suggested in its recent report that the ACT should no longer be mandatory for juniors.

The committee noted that the test isn't aligned with the curriculum in Wyoming schools.

Balow says that she agrees with the task force that the ACT is a poor assessment tool for school accountability, but she isn't sold on the idea of making the test optional in 11th grade.

She says doing away with the mandatory ACT will limit student options before they're even out of high school.

Balow says the ACT also provides data that can be compared year to year.

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