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I am an AmeriCorps member working with the Duke College Advising Corps at a low-income high school in rural, agricultural North Carolina. My goal is to help students recognize their postsecondary options and make choices that will allow them to have a number of options on the table when they graduate including four-year colleges, two-year colleges, military, and employment. On a daily basis, I talk individually with high school students from all grades about how college might fit into their future plans, do classroom workshops on a variety of topics, and plan college access initiatives.
This is a great idea and something that has worked well in North Carolina! NC requires all public and charter school students who are in 11th grade for the first time to take the ACT with writing. Since it is a required exam, the state pays for it and it is offered during the school day and during the school week (in fact, the NC testing day is tomorrow, March 1). It's a wonderful way to ensure that all students take the test, especially because we are a rural district and some students find it difficult to get transportation to the Saturday exams. It looks like 23 other states require either the SAT or ACT for all juniors (http://blog.prepscholar.com/which-states-require-the-act-full-list-and-advice )(http://blog.prepscholar.com/which-states-require-the-sat)