New Bloomfield R-3 School District to pay for first ACT test if student attends prep class

— The New Bloomfield Board of Education on Thursday night approved a plan to pay for the first American College Test (ACT) examination taken by a New Bloomfield High School student if the student attends two free weekend test preparatory sessions two weeks before taking the test.

A student could continue to take the test several times but the district would pay for the test only one time.

Jeremy Davidson, New Bloomfield High School principal, said the school wants to provide the preparatory sessions to help students better understand the ACT test procedures and to encourage student achievement.

ACT scores are used partly to determine admission to various colleges and universities. ACT scores also are one standard used by the state to accredit schools.

New Bloomfield Superintendent David Tramel told the board that the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education last year accredited the district with distinction in its annual performance report.

Tramel said this year the state has revised its standards for evaluating schools and has issued new evaluations of districts.

Tramel said the district this year did fare as well as last year under the previous standards.

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