While I'm sure student-athletes were the last thing on the minds of administrators from the Kansas City, Kan., Public Schools District this week when they announced a decision to seek a waiver from No Child Left Behind, the decision could benefit the athletes the most.
If KCK Public Schools does indeed get permission from the U.S. Department of Education to abandon state assessments to focus on ACT testing, it will definitely help athletes the most and certainly more than the average students inside the district.
In order to get accepted into college, athletes must qualify on their ACTs.
No matter how good they do with state assessments, if they bomb on the ACT test, that will hurt their possibilities of getting into a good Division I school.
As usual when it comes to academic policy, I refuse to name names, but I will say that the ACT has tripped up some of the best athletes KCK has had in the past five years.
Instead of going on to Division 1 schools, many were required to go the junior college route because of failing to achieve a high enough ACT test.
An emphasis on ACT testing will help the athletes inside the district.
(That is assuming of course schools do not use ineligible athletes during the season)
Though I have expressed many concerns with this possible change, it should help athletes. The ACT is a killer for them and if this new curriculum and testing is done correctly, it will help in this area.
If handled correctly, athletes will find the most long-term success out of these changes.