By Touzong Thao, Clarion Staff Reporter
On January 13, the College Board PSAT/NMSQT test for John F. Kennedy junior students that was to be held at John F. Kennedy High School was canceled due to the recent public health conditions.
Having been introduced halfway into the school year, many were hoping to have some way to take the test. Superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar addressed the delay in a message via Infinite Campus:
“Hello SCUSD Students and Families,
We regret to inform you that due to current public health conditions, after much consideration by our staff and in consultation with local health officials, our district has determined that we are unable to administer the PSAT/NMSQT tests originally scheduled for January 26.
We know that this is disappointing. The decision to cancel this day of testing was not made lightly. However, our top priority is the safety of our students, staff, and community – and with current COVID-19 conditions, we could not safely administer the test in-person for all students at the same in the same place, as required by the College Board.
Please know that we are carefully monitoring health conditions and look forward to resuming regular events. For example, we continue planning for our Spring SAT School Day, in hopes that our regional COVID-related numbers improve.
Superintendent Jorge A. Aguilar”
Originally the plans for the College Board PSAT/NMSQT test were made possible by the College Board themselves.
“The District actually developed this plan and sent it to us. Teachers [may not be] willing to proctor because the teacher’s union doesn’t yet have an agreement, so the exam will be proctored by Admin and support staff,” said Kennedy Assistant Principal Michael Fry.
Though the College Board PSAT/NMSQT test was canceled, that does not mean future tests will not be possible.
According to Fry, the AP exams “are scheduled to be on campus as well, per the college board. The PSAT 10 will also be offered on campus likely in late February, early March. However, all these tests are subject to change according to public health directives. We will cancel them if county or state orders change.”