Earlier this week, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell introduced the Pathways to College Act, AB 1951, which would allow school districts to give students a college entrance exam like the SAT or ACT instead of the state-required test for 11th-graders. Districts would give the test during school hours, and they’d do it for free.
"Today we move California students forward," O'Donnell said at a press conference introducing his legislation on Tuesday. "Our effort is to ensure California school districts are empowered and have the tools they need to help our students succeed and move forward."
The SAT and ACT each cost about $60, including the writing portions. In California about half of students who take the tests use fee waivers.
Back in high school, UC Berkeley junior Angelica Rodriguez qualified for free testing. But she said cost wasn’t the only obstacle students faced.