Students retake ACT after booklet reportedly goes missing

Hundreds of students at Kaiser High School were forced to retake a college admission exam after a test booklet reportedly went missing.

Both the school and the Dept. of Education say they’re not quite sure how it happened, or even if the booklet is actually missing.

The principal says approximately 230 11th graders took the ACT exam on March 4, a standardized test in English, math, reading and science. The results are given to colleges where students plan to enroll.

But after the tests were collected, the Dept. of Education says one was missing.

DOE student assessment administrator Brian Reiter says there was confusion due to booklets that were not used because some students didn’t show up for the test.”It didn’t occur to the test administrator that there was a missing test booklet prior to that,” he said.

“They don’t know if it was an unused test booklet that was missing,” Reiter said. “All the students test booklets were accounted for, so if it was unused or if it was missing to begin with, the investigation is still ongoing. They’re trying to determine exactly what happened.”

Reiter says each test booklet also has a written code on it, and one came in that was blank, which also threw the count off.

“There was one blank test booklet and so that caused a confusion as to whether or not that was the missing test booklet or if there was another test booklet that’s missing,” said Reiter.

Because of the discrepancy, the ACT administrators are investigating. It’s still up in the air if the test scores will count, so the students were advised to take it again. All of the students wound up retaking the test on April 1. The principal says everything went fine on that one so those results will count.

Reiter says if the ACT decides that there was no discrepancy, then the first test scores will also count and students can choose the higher grade to submit to the colleges.

The Dept. of Education had to pay the cost of the students having to retake the exam. Reiter says it costs the state about $10 per student, or $2,300 for 230 students.

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