High school loses ACT test answers for 440 rising seniors
(CNN) - A North Carolina high school lost ACT test answer sheets for 440 rising seniors who took it on Feb. 20 and March 13.
The Southern Pines, North Carolina school has no record of a shipment, Catherine Murphy, Moore County Schools spokeswoman, said.
"It was human error," Murphy told CNN. "The actual answer sheets were never shipped back to ACT."
The school alerted all parents and students who were affected by the loss on Tuesday, June 18.
"I was very angry and I still am, just because we worked so hard and studied hard and to be told it was all for nothing," one of the students Lindsay Douglass, 17, said.
The school district and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will retest the affected students when they return to school in the fall at no cost, Murphy said.
The fall scores should return in time for students to apply early decision to colleges if they wish to do so.
The school was alerted to the problem around late May.
"We started to receive inquiries from parents about their children's score, so we reached out to ACT about May 20," Murphy said. "Over the weekend of June 8, it was confirmed that ACT had never received the answer sheets."
ACT declined to comment.
Most colleges require applicants to submit a standardized test score for admission, whether it be the ACT or SAT.
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