UPDATE Aug. 16, 2018: The United Parcel Service alerted officials Thursday morning that the exams have been found and are being sent to Cambridge to be scored.
Full update:UPS find Santaluces High’s wayward college credit exams in Canada
About 260 Palm Beach County high school students who expected to get the results of the college credit exams they took last spring instead learned this week that their tests were lost en route by the United Parcel Service.
Santaluces High Principal Tameka Robinson broke the news to students and families Tuesday in a letter home. One solution: Students may have to retake the exams this fall.
The exams that are missing in action were taken by high-achieving students enrolled in courses designed by the University of Cambridge in England dubbed AICE for Advanced International Certificate of Education.
About 800 Santaluces students are enrolled in AICE courses and take one or more exams for both high school and college credit in a variety of subjects, the district reports. The exams in question include all of those in International History and some of those in AICE General Paper — both courses commonly taken by students in ninth and 10th grades.
Every traditional Palm Beach County high school offers AICE courses. In the past school year, 19,000 students took an AICE exam, some sitting for more than one, said Mark Howard, the district’s chief of performance and accountability. Howard could not recall tests ever having gone lost since the AICE program was introduced to the district in 2010 at Boca Raton High School.
“These types of incidents are incredibly rare, and we deeply sympathize with the affected students,” Thomas Rodgers, spokesman for Cambridge in the U.S., said in a written statement. Across the country, more than 110,000 exams were taken by U.S. students this year, he said."The delivery company is investigating this incident on behalf of the school and is making every possible effort to recover the package.”
Robinson said the box was lost in transit. “This is a result of an error on behalf of UPS Worldwide Services Waybill,” she wrote. She advised parents that UPS is working to find the boxes that went missing, and administrators are discussing next steps with Cambridge officials.
If the students are to retake the exams, the deadline to apply to do so is Thursday, Robinson wrote. The exams themselves are still more than a month down the road, according to the letter.
“I apologize profusely for the position this has placed on many of our students,” her letter says. “I can assure you I am determined to continue to work with Cambridge and UPS to resolve this issue.”