With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Sorry kids. We lost your tests.

I'm in D.C. this week, planning the next Educator's Trip to Cuba in February. If you are interested in coming, let me know soon.

Here's the latest on ed stuff here in the seat (no pun intended) of power.
More testing madness... This time, in post-Rhee D.C. it's not about a cheating scandal.

It's about: ACT: Hey kids, we lost your tests (Capital Gazette)

WaPo reports:
On a mid-September Saturday morning, 296 students converged on Southern High School in Anne Arundel County for a grueling ritual that college-bound teenagers nationwide know all too well: The ACT college admission test. These students probably assumed the tough part was over when the proctor called time and collected their answer sheets.
But 88 of those answer sheets got lost in the mail after they were sent for scoring, leaving 88 Maryland students without anything to show for hours of toil and parents fuming about whether the foul-up will cause their children to miss deadlines for college or scholarship applications.
In Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, as well as many states in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, the SAT college admission test remains more widely used. But the ACT in recent years has gained market share in the Washington region and elsewhere. Its usage has grown significantly in Maryland and Virginia.

But #LostInMail should become ACT's new tag line.

About 1.92 million students in the class of 2015 took the ACT, the most widely used admission test in the country. About 1.7 million took the SAT, including some from overseas.


  1. I'm not an educator and I don't have money for a rowboat to Cuba let alone a flight, but I would love to go if I could. Take lots of pictures and tell us all about it.

    As for the ACT situation, three words come to mind - "class action lawsuit".

  2. Hi,
    I am a journalism student at DePaul University. I've been following your blog for some time and was wondering if I can interview you? If possible, please let me know.


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