JOHNSTON, Iowa — ACT answer sheets that were thought to be missing have been located, Johnston school officials said Wednesday.
Nearly 200 high school students were told they would need to retake their college entrance exams after it was revealed their tests were never scored.
The students took the ACT at Johnston High School on December 13, but school officials said their tests were lost in the mail on the way to Iowa City.
“There are major implications when it comes to scholarships when it comes to academics tied to these as well as whether kids can get into the school of their choice,” said Brock Finley whose daughter is a senior at Dallas Center-Grimes.
A Facebook post from Johnston schools said, “Great news, ACT tests have been found in route. Very happy for the students!”
Johnston school officials said they followed all the rules for administering and mailing the tests. However, there was a mix-up.
Officials say the tests were in a FedEx package, but because it was dropped into a post office box at a Dahl’s store, the postal worker returned it to the store’s customer service desk, where it was being held to be rerouted. Once this was discovered, the postal worker picked it up from Dahl’s and returned it to Johnston High School.
The school’s principal Brent Riessen told parents the tests “will be picked up by FedEx for overnight shipping to the scoring center in Cedar Rapids, where they will be expedited through scoring.”
Riessen added, “We credit the hard work of Johnston staff and the Johnston post office in helping to locate the test packages.”
ACT said they will honor the test scores.