Time, money and brainpower Colorado high school juniors invested in ACT test preparation will not be for naught: The state will stick with the time-honored college preparation exam this spring

before switching to the rival SAT next academic year.

Interim Education Commissioner Elliott Asp announced the one-year delay on Monday and provided more details about the process and decision-making behind the state's planned move to the SAT, which a selection committee found were more in harmony with the state's academic standards.

The delay is welcome news to district superintendents, educators, students and others upset at the prospect of having to prepare for an entirely new test on such short notice. State officials say they recognized the problem from the outset, but had to follow state procedures and strike a deal with the two testing giants.

The announcement does not reverse the state's shift to the SAT; a reversal would require legislative action. Instead, it means that 11th graders will take the ACT this spring, while 10th graders will take the PSAT in preparation for the SAT next year.

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