South Colonie schedules retake for exams that went missing

The other option ETS presented is to waive the fee for a retake, typically $86, and allow each student to take the exam again.

Board of Education President Brian Casey said the district would feel obligated to bring teachers back in order to conduct a review for the students, who have been out of school for over a month, to refresh their memory for the exams.

While Casey said the district is not at fault in this situation, the district may be forced to absorb some of the costs of bringing the teachers in. Buhner said, while the exact cost is not known, it should cost "a few thousand" to do so.

Still, Casey said the district owes it to the students to give them a fair chance to do well on these tests and have their scores count toward college credits, which is what they are intended for.

"We owe it to them," he said. "As a district, I believe we owe it to them."

When asked what happens if the students do not score as high the second time as they did the first, Casey said he does not know, but that he is confident that the students are bright and that if they did well the first time, they will do well the second time.

Buhner said he hopes, should ETS find the exams after the students take the retake, that ETS will honor the students' best scores.

The district plans to send letters out to all affected students on Wednesday, July 29, as well as personally call each student whose exam has gone missing.

Two teachers will be brought back for the reviews: one for physics and one for biology. The reviews will be conducted from Monday, Aug. 3 through Friday, Aug. 7. Buhner said that while this may not satisfy all students, with some having summer vacation plans, that for others the review can be helpful in preparing them for the exam.

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