High School's ACT Scores Canceled

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

ACT scores from one high school are under review, and many results are already canceled.

Officials say they are canceling some scores for 2009 exams at Perry County Central High School. The board is also reviewing all of this year's ACT exams at the school, and some of those scores have already been thrown out.

Andrea Milton's daughter is a senior at Perry Central High School, and took the ACT in March as a junior.

However, on Wednesday night, she received a package from the A-C-T board saying her score, and many others, are canceled. Milton says her daughter's future is at stake.

"Planning for a college future, scholarships, and all these things are dependent on act scores," said Milton.

ACT officials say they cannot release any details of what led to the investigation, but they do not believe the students are responsible.

"We did find evidence that the testing process was compromised, and it involved the 2010 ACT, 2009 PLAN, and 2009 ACT at Perry Central High School," said ACT Media Relations Director Scott Gomer. "At this time, the evidence does not indicate student initiated misconduct. the scoring cancellations are due to compromises in the testing process."

"She feels like she's being punished for that, and I agree. After all the hard work what does she have to show for it," said Milton.

The ACT board has pre-registered all the affected students for a October 23 test date.

Milton says her daughter is disappointed she has to retake the exam, but is already preparing.

Perry County Schools did not talk on camera, but they did release a statement of instructions the ACT says they need to follow.

'In the course of ACT's investigation, we found evidence that the testing process at PCCHS for the 2010 ACT, the 2009 PLAN, and the 2009 ACT was compromised. As a result, the validity and integrity of certain test scores related to those administrations is in doubt, and score cancellations are warranted. Accordingly, future administrations of the PLAN or ACT assessments at PCCHS, if any, will be conducted with heightened administrative protocols as determined by ACT and the Kentucky Board of Education. Before administrations under normal arrangements may resume at PCCHS, ACT requests that PCCHS and the Perry County School District jointly submit a remediation plan to ACT and KDE that outlines the steps PCCHS and the Perry County School District will take to secure ACT's materials and ensure that proper test administration rules are followed. The plan should address staffing, training, physical security, score review measures, and reporting of security concerns at PCCHS. Upon successful implementation of an appropriate remediation plan, ACT will consider allowing normal administrations to resume at PCCHS."

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