South Colonie schedules retake for exams that went missing

A retake date has been set for Monday, August 10, at which time the 44 South Colonie Central School District students whose Advanced Placement biology and physics exams were misplaced by the company that grades them will be given the opportunity to try again, according to Superintendent of Schools Jonathan Buhner.

Buhner explained that while the district has packaging slips that prove all of the materials were sent to Educational Testing Services in New Jersey, the company notified the district last week that answer sheets from 15 physics tests and 29 biology tests had gone missing. From the physics exam, the extended answer sheet was missing and from the biology exam the multiple choice answer sheet was missing.

The exams of every student who took either the biology or physics AP exam are missing, as opposed to only a portion of students' exams, Buhner said. Buhner also said that from each exam, only some parts are missing.

According to Sheila Jamison, a representative from the College Board, this type of situation is \very rare for ETS.

"As of July 27, searches by the school and ETS have not recovered the missing materials and an investigation by both parties is ongoing," Jamison said in a written statement.

"ETS has reached out to the affected students to offer the options of either retaking the exam free of charge, or cancelling their exams and receiving refunds."

But Buhner said it is untrue that this situation is rare for the company, which he said is unfortunately the only company school districts can turn to for the AP tests to be graded.

"[This situation] is new to the district," he said. "But it's not new to ETS. They lose tests."

Buhner said ETS did offer to score those tests for which they have located the multiple choice answers portion of the test based on the multiple choice section alone, but many colleges and universities do not accept that score if it does not include the extended answer section.

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