College Board Chaos
It appears that the educational powers that be are conspiring against… our children heading to college-! Shocking, surprising, unbelievable if we were not going through this for ourselves. We have been placed smack-dab in a holding pattern that feels like a noose around the neck.
What am I talking about?
The College Boards.
Let me explain.
Starting last April/May, we telephoned high schools near and far in an attempt to find one to “allow” our homeschooled first-born son to take the PSAT exam at their lofty institution. There are no central testing centers, other than local schools. And local schools do not want to be “bothered” by homeschoolers.
We called. And called. And called. Not a soul would return our calls.
“Oh yes, he’s in,” the main office assured us.
No return calls there, either. The person “handling” the PSAT changed from a guidance counselor to a vice principal. Still no return calls.
September. I ask Benedetto to go there in person. He does.
Success, though we never receive a confirmational e-mail stating specifics of when to arrive nor what to bring. We call again. The powers that be have changed again.
“Just come,” they say, and so, we show up at the appointed time. Never mind that the test begins a couple of hours late, our son is prepared with everything but his Social Security number, so he places a last-minute call to us. They told him to bring pencils, now they ask why he brought pencils, they have pencils.
Kinda crazy. You get the idea.
We do, and get the royal run-around. Put on hold, transferred here, transferred there, put on hold, disconnected. We log hour after hour. One says it’s a problem with CollegeBoard.com, the other says it’s a problem with CollegeBoard.org. They say they’ll call back. They never do.
I use up my phone minutes, on hold with their horrible music. I take off my earring as it bores into my ear with over an hour at a stretch of phone transfers and being on hold.
We e-mail. They say they’ll respond within a couple of days.
Huh? What disabilities? What accommodations?
“You mean that he’s a homeschooler?” I wonder.
“That’s not a disability.”
“You mean that English is not his native language?” I try again.
“No, that would not be a disability.”
“Then how did my son suddenly become disabled?!” I’m in shock.
“Look, we have it marked in his file that there’s a hold on his records because of his accommodations….”
“What accommodations? I’m beginning to feel that I need some accommodations….”
They promise to send us the scores and we will receive them within 7-10 days. Nothing comes. They promise to speak with a supervisor and call us back. Several don’t, one finally does, and it never brings us any resolution. They promise to give us a secret code to access the scores online, but never do.
IT’S BEEN SIX MONTHS. MY SON DOES NOT YET HAVE HIS PSAT SCORES. COME ON!
We phone the school. They will not answer their phone. We are connected to voice-mail after voice-mail. No one calls us back.
The College Board says that they need a form from the high school-???? The school reportedly tells the College Board that they don’t know when they will be able to get around to filling out the form.
We call the school. They don’t respond. We e-mail them. They don’t respond. We’re not even sure if this is the real deal, or if someone is simply passing the buck again. We call the PSAT, they make us go through the loop again and again, being reconnected back to the people with whom we began in the first place.
So this spring, my son will not be taking the SAT in his junior year of high school. For what? Would he ever receive his scores from that? How do we assess his progress on standardized tests without any results? Why is there such a bias against homeschoolers? Why is there no centralized testing center for the PSAT, such as a university, or wherever one would take similar standardized tests?
Teacher-friends have offered to make a few phone calls. No luck.
The PSAT has our son’s scores, we need the scores, and they won’t fork them over. How difficult is this to resolve? We have a “file”, a case number, and still no scores.
All that we can conclude: why would we want our children in this system of education, where they can’t seem to process one simple exam? Is this rocket science?
Have you ever heard of such a thing?
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