El Paso high school SAT exams were ‘lost in transit,’ district says


Raina Porras and her mother were in the car when they saw papers strewn on the street last week.

Looking closer, Porras, a junior from El Paso High School, saw what looked like Scantron bubbles filled on the pages. Her mother joked that the papers were her PSAT scores because she had just taken the exam the day before.

The next day, Porras said in a interview with KTSM 9 News, she discovered that the papers she saw on the street were actually standardized test sheets from her school.

The SAT exams that El Paso High School students took on Oct. 27 were lost in transit after being submitted to UPS, the school district confirmed in a statement to The Washington Post on Saturday. El Paso Independent School District staff members have retrieved all but 55 response documents, spokeswoman Liza Rodriguez said in a statement, and the district is working with the College Board to “determine a remedy” for the students who have been affected.

Counselors at El Paso High offered students who wanted to take the ACT an option to do so at no cost, Rodriguez said.

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It is unclear how the test equipment was lost from the vehicle they were traveling in. In a statement to the Post, UPS said it apologized to the school and its students.

“Our employees are working to recover as many tests as possible, and we will work with the school to resolve the situation,” the UPS statement said. “The driver’s actions in this instance are not representative of UPS protocols and methods, and we are addressing this with him.”

The College Board did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment. In a statement to KTSM 9 News, the organization said test material is “sometimes” lost in transit.

“When such cases occur, we work with the school to ensure students are able to retake the test as soon as possible,” the College Board statement said. “We are currently working with El Paso High School to provide options for affected students.”

In 2015, the answer sheets of 263 Virginia teens were missing for two weeks before being found sitting on a cart in Broad Run High School’s shipping area. When the answer sheets were found, they were sent to an Education Testing Service facility to be checked for irregularities and then scored.

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Since the pandemic took hold and trashed standardized tests schedules, many colleges and universities have stopped requiring prospective students to submit their SAT and ACT scores with their applications.

In another drastic departure from the tradition of standardized testing, the College Board announced in January that the SAT exam would soon pass. fully digital.

But for now, some El Paso High students may need to retake their SAT exam if their answer sheet isn’t picked up.

“I just saw a bunch of newspapers everywhere,” said senior Freddy Chavez, who said he saw the newspapers flying last Friday, says KTSM 9 News. “I had no idea what it was. I didn’t think much about it until today.

Moriah Balingit and Nick Anderson contributed to this report.

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