High school blames & # 39; human errors & # 39; after ACT test reports have never been sent for review and cannot be found now – forcing hundreds of students to retake exams
- School staff at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, NC this week revealed that ACT test papers for 440 juniors were lost due to & # 39; human errors & # 39;
- Parents and students were told on Tuesday that the entrance exams of the college were lost on 20 and 13 March
- Moore County Schools officials said the affected people will have to resume their ACT, but they will not have to pay the exam again
- Administrators did not say exactly what resulted in the loss of the test scores, but confirmed that personnel were being undertaken
A high school in North Carolina has admitted that it has LOST hundreds of ACT standardized test papers and that students have to retake the exam.
Parents and students from Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina were told this week that & # 39; human errors & # 39; meant that the tests were never sent to be assessed – and now the papers cannot be found.
Now 440 students who have taken the entrance test for the lecture on 20 February and 13 March have been told that they must retake the test.
& # 39; I deeply regret the situation and apologize for the entire rising senior class & # 39 ;, Pinecrest Principal Stefanie Phillips wrote in a message to students and parents, reported the pilot.
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School staff at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, NC this week revealed that ACT documents for 440 juniors were lost earlier this year
Moore County School district administrators have not said what led to the loss of papers.
But they confirmed that officials have carried out a thorough investigation and that action has been taken.
& # 39; Personnel actions have been taken appropriately & # 39 ;, says Tim Locklear, MCS's senior director for academic and support services. & # 39; Our investigation continues in this situation. We take this very seriously. & # 39;
School administrators became aware of the problem around the end of May when parents started asking about their children's test scores.
& # 39; We contacted ACT & # 39; on May 20, said spokeswoman Catherine Murphy CNN. & # 39; During the weekend of June 8, it was confirmed that ACT had never received the answer sheets. & # 39;
ACT declined to comment.
Murphy said that Moore County Schools is now reassessing its safety measures and methodology for testing external standardized tests. She said that Pinecrest High School has already drawn up a plan to ensure that the process is more reliable in the future.
Administrators said that the students still have to retake the exam, but this is not being charged again.
The school district estimates that it will have to pay around $ 30,000 to redo the tests, and the makeup test schedule is already in the works.
Pinecrest Principal Stefanie Phillips said the tests were lost due to human error
& # 39; The date will be selected to ensure that these students have the opportunity to take the test prior to the early decision-making periods for access to the university & # 39 ;, Murphy said.
All high school students who want to go to university must follow ACT, SAT or both, depending on the school.
It takes an estimated 3.5 hours to complete the ACT consisting of multiple choice tests on English, math, reading and science, in addition to an optional writing test.
Some students from Pinecrest were furious that they had to retake the test after they had put so much effort into studying and taking it the first time.
& # 39; I was very angry and I still am, just because we worked so hard and studied hard and were told it was all for nothing & # 39 ;, 17 year old Lindsay Douglass told CNN. & # 39; It is really disappointing. The students have to pay for the mistakes of the adults. & # 39;
Incoming Senior Class President John Cox made the bad news surprisingly good.
& # 39; You can't be too angry with it. Human error will sometimes happen, "he told the pilot. & # 39; As long as the retest is handled as it should and people get their results in time for college applications, I don't think it's a big deal. & # 39;
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