400 NYC Test Scores Go Missing As Schools Application Deadline Looms - NBC New York

400 NYC Test Scores Go Missing As Schools Application Deadline Looms



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    Four hundred tests taken by kindergarteners, first-graders and second-graders for admission into New York City's gifted and talented public schools went missing for more than a week, officials confirmed.

    The Department of Education said 400 students are still waiting for their scores from the test, despite an April 19 deadline for students to apply to the gifted and talented schools.

    One mother told NBC 4 New York her 8-year-old daughter took the test in January in the hopes of being able to attend third grade at a G&T school.

    "We were supposed to get results by April 10 via email or a hard copy in the mail," said the mother, who asked to remain anonymous. "Neither one of those things came." 

    She contacted the Department of Education several times, panicked that her daughter would miss the deadline to apply to the G&T program, but said she never heard back from officials.

    In an email sent to parents Tuesday, the Department of Education said it was investigating and that if their child's score qualified them for the G&T program, the application deadline would be extended. 

    A spokeswoman later told NBC 4 New York the tests have been located and the department was working on scoring them as quickly as possible, though they do have to be hand-scored.

    The score reports were not included in the original file report that was delivered from the vendor, according to the spokeswoman. She did not specify where in the delivery process the scores went missing.

    The mother whose daughter's test scores went missing was still frustrated, even after learning that the application deadline would be extended. 

    "I just feel very frustrated as a parent," she said.

    "I've called multiple times. Every time, I've had to hold for half an hour," she said. "They told me there were major problems. They lost a lot of scores. They said everything that could go wrong has gone wrong." 

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