Juniors Striking the ACT!


For the first time in MMSD history, the entire junior class from JMM went on STRIKE! For months, juniors were preparing to take a national standardized test to prepare them for college. Students spent hours on end studying and learning new content for this exam, and all of a sudden, the junior class at JMM changed their mind.On Tuesday, March 3rd, the students scheduled to attend the ACT test at Memorial did not show up. Not only did this upset the proctors, leaders, and other adults involved in the action, but it caused a massive ruckus that rippled throughout the entire central Wisconsin community. The ACT is taken on the same date across the country, the average population of students taking the ACT nationwide is nearly 1.7 million each year, with ____ of those students coming to James Madison Memorial to take their ACT junior year. The education officials and parents of these students were astonished by the events that occurred on the day of the test. 

The ACT board members had to reschedule a time for the students to retake the exam, along with upholding a consequence for the kids. The next day, the entire class was punished. Their punishment started with having to take the ACT earlier in the day, on a Saturday. Everyone was very obviously upset at the matter. Nobody wants to take a day out of their weekend to take a standardized test, let alone take it at 6 AM! Along with the rescheduled date, each student was required to write a two page, single-spaced essay, reflecting on their decisions and balancing their consequences. But wait, there’s more… The two page essay was graded as a part of the ACT, in addition to the five sections and extra writing portion. 

Overall, talking to some of the students who were involved in the strike, they seem to regret their actions heavily. Junior Olivia Grout expanded on the subject: “Yeah, I just wish I’d gone to the test the first time. I don’t know what people expected to happen, but waking up at 5 AM on a Saturday was not it.”


By Brynn Sailing 

Co-writer: Kiera Sweeney

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