GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming high school juniors will no longer be required to take the ACT college entrance exam if initial recommendations from a state panel are adopted.

The Wyoming State Board of Education recently received initial recommendations from the Statewide Assessment Task Force, which was created by state legislators.

The task force says the state's assessment system must support both state and federal accountability requirements.

It strongly recommended eliminating the ACT because it is only designed to determine college readiness.

In addition, the task force is recommending a reduction in the test load for students.

The task force will continue its work and is expected to present a revised report to the State Board of Education on Oct. 12.