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TWINSBURG -- The previously invalidated ACT scores of more than 30 students in the Twinsburg City School District were released by the college-entrance testing company June 2, after ACT drew heavy criticism for its initial response to the incorrect exams it distributed.
Superintendent Kathryn Powers said that as many as 33 students initially had their test scores canceled after, according to the Ohio Department of Education, ACT sent incorrect versions of the test to 21 school districts that had selected the April 19 testing date (which Twinsburg did, as well as the testing period of March 21 through April 4 for students with disabilities). The junior class at THS took the exam, about 317 students.
"I am very glad that the test scores will be released by the ACT," Powers said. "That is absolutely the correct thing to do as our students should never have been impacted by an issue caused by the mismanagement of test materials. Our students should not be held accountable ... particularly in the initial year of new testing procedures."
ACT officials did not return a call seeking comment.
Powers filed an appeal May 31 with State Superintendent Paolo DeMaria after ACT inially refused to release the scores, asking that the test scores of the 33 THS students be released to the students, parents and school district. Powers said parents and caregivers of the 33 students were informed of the situation throughout the process.
ACT initially offered students a voucher to retake the test for free on a later, nationwide testing date, however this caused a quandary for students relying on the test scores for college applications.
The deadline to sign up for the national June 10 ACT test date has passed. The next dates are Sept. 9 and Oct. 28, with results available within two weeks, according to the ACT website. But many college applications, along with test scores, are due in the fall.
"While I appreciate ACT's effort in trying to remedy this situation through the provision of a voucher, I am hopeful that our impacted Twinsburg High School students as well as all impacted Ohio high school students, will have their test scores released by the ACT," Powers said prior to the scores' release.
DeMaria said "only a few" students in most districts were impacted. However, in seven districts, including Twinsburg, the impact was larger -- greater than 20 students, and of these, two districts had several hundred students impacted, such as Reynoldsburg.
Under a new state law, Ohio school districts were required to give the ACT or SAT to all 11th graders, college-bound or not, free of charge. Most chose the ACT. The state picked up the $5.25 million tab for each junior to take the test once.
Unlike national test dates given on Saturdays at select schools and locations, the statewide administration was given during the school day at the student's school.
Sister publication The Columbus Dispatch contributed to this report.