ORS 329.488 directs ODE to provide a statewide opportunity for Oregon's 10th graders to access a nationally-normed college entrance practice exam. In previous years, ODE contracted with the College Board for the PSAT administration; however, ODE's contract with the College Board expired on June 30, 2020 and could not be renewed due to established procurement rules. The State Board of Education suspended this requirement for the 2020-21 school year given the impact of the pandemic. Consistent with state procurement requirements, ODE developed and published a Request for Proposals (RFP) on March 30, 2022 that resulted in the establishment of a new contract.
ODE completed the review of proposals and published an intent to award the contract to ACT on June 7, 2022 on the OregonBuys procurement website. The department is currently in the process of establishing a contract with ACT to deliver the PreACT in the fall of 2022 for Oregon 10th graders served in public schools. Additional details will be made available to DTCs after terms are finalized. Pursuant to the statutory requirements, ODE wants to also point out that only districts who had a contract in place and administered a different nationally-normed college entrance practice examination in 2007-08 are eligible to receive a waiver to make a different test available.
Please contact Dan Farley, Director of Assessment, with any questions, recommendations, or concerns.