SAT exam cancellation in S.F. blamed on testing company

Oct 6, 2015 by

More than 100 students hoping to take the SAT exam Saturday were left out in the cold because the testing company failed to apply for a permit to use a San Francisco school to administer the test, district officials said.

The Educational Testing Service, or ETS, which administers the SAT college-entrance exam, had scheduled the test at Mission High School, but did not submit an application to use the school facilities, said district spokeswoman Gentle Blythe. The company was supposed to turn in the request 20 days before the scheduled use.

Instead, the district got a phone call from someone at ETS at 4:30 p.m. Friday, just as the district office was closing. The director of the real estate department said she would wait until 4:45 p.m. for the application. She didn’t get the application before she left, Blythe said.

On Monday morning, the district official found an incomplete application on the fax machine, time-stamped at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Blythe said.

“The ETS has been late in submitting permit requests for several testing administrations, and the SFUSD staff has made special exceptions and accommodated last-minute requests several times prior,” Blythe said.

The dozens of college-bound teens were caffeinated and ready to go Saturday morning when they arrived at Mission High School, but found a sign on the door saying the administration of the college-entrance test was canceled.

“At first I thought it was a prank,” said Frieda Baldonado, a 17-year-old senior at San Francisco’s Urban High School. “There was nothing that indicated the note was from anyone with authority, so I was a bit suspicious.”

Officials at the Educational Testing Service said the exam was postponed because the company and the school had applied for a permit, but did not get it in time.

“Despite best efforts by officials at the high school and ETS to gain permission to administer Saturday’s SAT test at Mission High School, such permission was unable to be obtained in time. Unfortunately this resulted in postponement of the test,” said Tom Ewing, an ETS spokesman.

District officials were not pleased by the ETS response.

Source: SAT exam cancellation in S.F. blamed on testing company – SFGate

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