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High school students retake AP tests after school mix up destroyed them



Logan, Utah — Due to errors made during transportation, twenty-four Green Canyon High School students from North Logan will not receive credit for their AP exams.

There is a strict protocol that the district and students adhere to when students take college-level exams, but due to a mix-up between Educational Testing Services (ETS) and the shipping company, the exams were mistakenly labeled as “hazardous materials,” and by the time ETS intervened, it was too late.

This summer, the students were informed via email that they could either retake the test or receive a $75 compensation for the testing money.

Given that many of the students are unable to take the test and that the average cost of a college course is about $1,000, the Cache County School District and the students do not view those as suitable alternatives.

Last year, in addition to AP biology, Zachary Crane took AP statistics. He was more than prepared for the statistics exam in May.

“I took three practice tests for ap stats, I got a four the first time, then two fives,” Crane said. “So I was expected a 4-5 range for AP stats.”

Only five students, including him, decided to repeat the exam. Another is Gabriella Arnold.

“I honestly think that they should compensate us with at least giving us a score,” Arnold said.

She claimed that despite putting in endless hours of study for the AP statistics exam, she still doesn’t feel ready for the retake.

The AP coordinator and school counselor is Jennifer Hartman. She has spent 12 years working with kids on AP courses. She was irritated by the disrespect shown for the students’ labor. She began placing calls in the hopes that the tests hadn’t actually been destroyed.

“When I spoke to them, they said, ‘hey, the box of materials was destroyed,” Hartman said.

The shipping company informed Hartman that they got in touch with ETS and asked them to sign a form verifying the crate contained only paper. However, they said that because ETS submitted the incorrect paperwork, the box was destroyed.

The students are asking ETS or the shipping business to cover damages, including paying for the classes they will probably have to repeat after graduation.

“I’d love an apology first of all. And accountability too,” Crane told KSLTV. “They’re a big old corporation with money to spare for a couple of lowly students from Logan, Utah.”

“I honestly think that they should compensate us with at least giving us a score,” Arnold said.


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