Standardized testing is a staple of the application process for the next level of schooling after high school. Whether it be SATs or ACTs, nearly all colleges and universities require some form of nationally mandated test. For some time Connecticut schools have offered PSATs and various other standardized tests for free to students. However, starting this school year Connecticut schools have offered two free SATs. The first SAT was offered to the class of 2016 in November and the new SAT was administered to the class of 2017 this March. These SATs were a great opportunity for all students, but begs the question of how much it costs to offer all these free tests.
Brien McMahon alone has 1,657 students across the 4 grades. If you were to assume that half of the students are juniors and seniors, that would be about 828 students. The cost of the SAT for a student is $52.50, so following this logic, the cost for McMahon alone is $43,470. If you were to expand this across the entire state of 193 high schools the cost begin to run rampant. A $8,389,710 state price tag for standardized tests causes you to think about where this money could be used for elsewhere. Not to say that giving these nearly mandatory tests to people who may not be able to afford them, but by making taking these test a graduation requirement the economic side of these tests should be considered.