ACT test cancelled at Kentucky State University; officials decline comment

vhoneycutt@herald-leader.comNovember 15, 2013 

DAVID PERRY | STAFF — Lexington Herald-Leader

Kentucky State University officials aren't saying why an ACT college readiness test scheduled on the campus last month was cancelled.

ACT Inc. spokesman Ed Colby said Friday that Western Hills High School in Frankfort would be a national ACT test center in December and that KSU would not.

As for the October test, Colby would not say why it was cancelled.

The Frankfort State Journal reported that high school students scheduled to take an Oct. 26 test at KSU were told in an email that testing had been cancelled "due to an unexpected staffing issue."

That article did not provide details about the staffing issue, and KSU spokeswoman Felicia Lewis said "I really can't tell you why they cancelled in October."

On Friday, Colby said, "we can't comment on the unexpected staffing issue."

Lewis declined to comment on questions "regarding any KSU employee," saying she could not discuss personnel issues.

Despite the changes for the October and December testing dates, Lewis said, "Kentucky State University remains an official ACT test site." However, Colby said, "We do not know when KSU will resume ACT testing." He did not elaborate.

Western Hills High School Principal Rita Rector told the Herald-Leader that students informed her about the change a day before the scheduled Oct. 26 tests. The students said they had received emails about the cancellation.

Rector said Western Hills, which had been a testing site in years past, wanted to help students who needed to take the tests because they were trying to apply to colleges or other programs by Dec. 1.

She said Western Hills officials contacted ACT Inc., and made arrangements to offer the test on Nov. 9.

Rector said she had no idea why the test was cancelled at KSU.

The ACT college readiness assessment is an educational and career planning tool. The college readiness exam is the test that the Iowa-based ACT Inc. is best known for. It is not the same as ACT Inc.'s online end-of-course high school tests that have had glitches in Kentucky this year.

Meanwhile, Colby said students should visit www.actstudent.org for current information about ACT college readiness test locations and test date availability. Test center locations and dates are subject to change at any point in the testing year, he said.

Valarie Honeycutt Spears: (859) 231-3409. Twitter:@vhspears

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