Much Ado About Something…
Here is an update from the situation that just refuses to be solved. Hopefully, we are closer to some answers. The bungling, the incorrect answers, the passing the buck, the attempts to help, but not understanding how the system works, or how it breaks down….
So, it was back to the drawing board, sending an e-mail to the PSAT, asking why our son has not yet received his scores from last October, and why the school where he took the test as a homeschooler has now categorized our son as disabled and having needed special test accommodations. All they can say is that they imagine our son took the test in a room apart from the general high school population, his test placed into an envelope with all of those requiring special accommodations, and became mixed-up along the way. This could explain why Petya told us that he was in a room with 50 or so students, instead of the hundreds that we would expect in a large, urban high school.
But they don’t know. They say to contact the school yet again, while they try repeatedly to get the school to respond. The high school reports that they are very busy and that they might not have time any time soon to fill out the form and fax it to the College Board to release our son’s scores.
So I e-mail the school, carbon copying the principal. The guidance counselor refers it to an assistant principal who put our son’s test in the wrong envelope, resulting in the six-month delay. The College Board could not score the test because our son was not disabled, did not have any official permission for accommodations, and therefore, they would not move forward with his test until the school clarified the situation. And the school was too busy for that.
Yet again, I laid out the situation and that we needed it rectified now.
Within a few days, the school got back to us, at last, with an e-mail. They still never said whether or not they would fill out the form for the College Board. No info on what steps they would be taking in the immediate future, if not yesterday. But they apologized and offered our son a free SAT exam in the future.
I hope that they don’t feel that this offer solves the situation. There will need to be more phone calls, and more e-mails, to both of the parties involved, trying to locate the missing link that could gain our son his rightful scores.
It sounds as though the College Board has the test. All it needs is to be “released” by the school from their accommodations pile, graded by the College Board… and sent to us. Hopefully soon.
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