It's yearly assessment time for area schools.
Monticello schools are in the midst of the recently rolled out PARCC tests and Superintendent Dr. Vic Zimmerman (right) explains this year the state has switched high school students to the SAT from the many years participating in the ACT testing.
The first time around with the SAT this year will be a change for schools as they will not have any data to compare this year to. Dr. Zimmerman says he wasn't in favor of the SAT switch because it's just another change in standardized testing.
The State of Illinois was required to go out to bid for the standardized testing and SAT was the low bidder in that process, which was the reason for the switch.
Dr. Zimmerman says there will be kids that take both standardized tests for their college careers and believes results will likely be varied on the success between the two.