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Do 5-Year-Olds Really Need Career Testing?

The makers of the ACT are developing a tool that will test K-12 students and determine their career interests and academic performance.


Forget about kindergarteners having the freedom to learn through play and dream about being a firefighter one day and a ballerina the next. The folks at ACT, Inc.—yes the same ACT test that high school students take while applying to college— are pouring millions into developing a tool that will test kids as young as 5-years-old and determine their career interests and academic performance.

Although career testing kindergarteners sounds like the kind of thing you read about in The Onion, Jon Whitmore, ACT's chief executive officer, says that doing so will enable them to offer teachers, students and their families "an integrated, multidimensional approach to college and career readiness that focuses on measuring achievements and behavior relative to goals." The results "will providing critical information to guide students along their journeys toward success in school and their future work lives."

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