Weather again foils testing plans in Vance County Schools

Mar. 18, 2014 @ 06:47 PM

High school juniors did not take the ACT Tuesday, after winter weather caused a three-hour delay for Vance County Schools.

This is the second time high schools in Vance County had to reschedule the ACT, which the N.C. Department of Instruction administers to all juniors in public school once a year.

The new test date is April 1.

Terri Hedrick, spokeswoman for the school system, said the shortened school day left only a few hours for instruction, which eliminated the possibility of taking the test.

The READY Accountability Model adopted by the state Department of Public Instruction this school year includes tracking the percentage of students who meet the UNC admissions requirement of a 17 composite score on the ACT. The highest possible score is a 36.

The ACT was originally scheduled for March 4, but that was cancelled when students stayed home due to a snow and ice storm.

Vance County Schools planned to make-up that snow day on March 8, which was also an SAT test date at Southern Vance High School.

But inclement weather and power outages cancelled both Saturday class and the SAT on March 8 at Southern Vance and other local high schools.

The new SAT test date is set for this Saturday.

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