A national testing organization has canceled some ACT test results at Perry County Central High School after turning up indications that tests might have been "compromised," a spokesman said.
Scott Gomer, media relations director for the ACT organization in Iowa City, Iowa, said Friday that an ongoing investigation indicates the problem occurred in the "administration and handling" of the tests within the Perry County Public Schools at Hazard.
"At this time, the evidence does not indicate any student misconduct," Gomer said.
Perry County Superintendent John Paul Amis could not be reached for comment Friday. The district is closed for fall break.
Gomer said the situation concerns the 2009 PLAN test (an ACT preparatory test usually taken by sophomores) and the 2009 and 2010 ACT tests given to students at Perry County Central.
"We found evidence that the testing process was compromised," he said. "As a result, the integrity of the scores from the tests is in question.
"We have canceled all the 2009 PLAN scores at Perry Central," Gomer said. "We also have canceled the 2009 ACT accommodated test scores at Perry Central, and all of the 2010 ACT scores are under review."
The term "accommodated" refers to tests in which students with learning issues are allowed "accommodations" in the way they take the test to compensate for their learning problems.
Gomer would not estimate how many Perry Central students ultimately might be affected, citing the ongoing investigation.
Students whose scores have been canceled have been notified by ACT.
Gomer said those students will be offered an opportunity to retake tests at no cost later this month.
He said he doesn't know how long the investigation might take.