Students stand outside Stuttgart High School in August 2015.

Students stand outside Stuttgart High School in August 2015. (John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

STUTGART, Germany — Advanced Placement tests for Stuttgart High School students that got stuck in the mail and failed to reach their destination at the College Board will still be graded despite missing the normal deadline.

“Students will receive their scores from the 2017 AP exam administration 4-6 weeks after the shipment is delivered for scoring,” Jaslee Carayol, a College Board spokeswoman, said in an email.

The College Board on Sunday posted online the results of the tests, through which students can earn college credits for several different subjects. But the scores for Stuttgart High School students were conspicuously absent.

On Tuesday, David Carlisle, Stuttgart’s principal sent a message to parents, explaining how a box of tests failed to reach their destination.

“We have unfortunately discovered that the tests that AP students took were not properly delivered to Collegeboard. We discovered that UPS has the boxes in a warehouse in Cologne and the boxes were not returned to the school either,” Carlisle wrote in an email.

Carlisle wrote that the school was doing “everything in its power” to get the boxes to the College Board.

For some students, the delay meant the results would come as they are poised to begin their college. In some cases, AP test results could influence classes students elect or are required to take.

“We cannot tell you how sorry we are that this has occurred and we do not understand the circumstances behind this non-delivery,” Carlisle wrote. “All other boxes with test materials sent to Collegeboard were received.”

AP tests are scored on a five-point scale, which colleges use to determine if they will grant credits for the course work.

News about the failed test delivery had parents worried about whether the previous year’s work would still be counted toward college credits. Now, those fears appear to be erased.

The fee to take each Advanced Placement exam is $93, according to the College Board. Twitter: @john_vandiver

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John covers U.S. military activities across Europe and Africa. Based in Stuttgart, Germany, he previously worked for newspapers in New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware.

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