Is Education Chief Smarter Than An 11Th-Grader?

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Call it a modern-day shot across the bow.

University of Kentucky professor Scott McLeod took to his Twitter account in February to ask Gov. Terry Branstad and state lawmakers whether they’d be willing to take a college readiness exam.

The challenge came just a few weeks after the release of the governor’s education reform package, which calls for all Iowa juniors to take either the ACT or SAT college entrance exams.

McLeod, an Ames resident who considers himself a “standardized testing skeptic,” didn’t get any takers. Instead, Iowa Department of Education Director Jason Glass tweeted that he’d take the ACT, and dared McLeod to do the same.

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