UPDATE: The Idaho State Board of Education extended the waiver on college entrance exam requirements for the 2021-2022 academic year.
All post-secondary institutions can now waive the exam requirement for students seeking admissions for next year. Some institutions may still require the exam scores for financial aid evaluations, according to the State Board.
The Board encourages future students to reach out to their institution to see if a specific exam is required.
"The pandemic continues to affect regular education activities and schedules and may impact the ability of students to take the SAT or ACT this fall. All eight of Idaho’s public institutions of higher education are actively recruiting for the 2021/22 academic year and need to be able to make decisions for admissions requirements and communicate accurately about these requirements with potential students,” said State Board Chief Academic Officer TJ Bliss in a statement.
In addition to waiving exam requirements, ISBOE approved lowering cumulative GPA requirements for the state's Direct Admissions program from 3.0 to 2.8 for the 2021-2022 academic year.
The Idaho State Board of Education will hold a special virtual meeting to discuss extending the waiver of college entrance exams through the 2021-2022 academic year.
The ISBOE waived the entrance exams requirement for the 2020-2021 school year in the spring after exams were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Board announced Monday it plans to hold a special virtual meeting Monday at 3 p.m. to consider extending that waiver.
Those interested in watching the meeting can do so on the Board's Facebook page or by calling in at 877-820-7829 with the code 8461895.