Text of superintendent’s email to 10th, 11th grade parents on withheld PSAT scores, administration of wrong test

Editor’s note: This is the text of Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ’s email to tenth and eleventh grade parents on the College Board’s withholding of this year’s PSAT scores and the administration of the wrong PSAT exam by the district on Oct. 12. It was provided by the Pelham Union Free School District after the Pelham Examiner asked several questions on the issue. Public Information Officer Alex Wolff said the district would have no additional comment on the matter.

Dear PMHS Families,

As you know, PMHS administered the PSAT to 10th and 11th grade students on October 12, 2022. This administration occurred with integrity.

On December 6, 2022, the District contacted the College Board in response to the scores not being released. On December 8, 2022, the District determined that the October 15 version of the test had been inadvertently administered to our students. We again contacted the College Board to determine the course of action necessary to have students’ scores released in a timely manner.

As part of that resolution process, the College Board required the high school to administer a short survey to all students who took the exam to ensure that later test administrations were not compromised. The survey was administered to students today during class and we are in the process of ensuring that all students are surveyed and the results are returned to the College Board. We expect that once the surveys have been completed by all students, the College Board will release our students’ PSAT results.

Over the past several days, our foremost priority has been doing everything in our power to cooperate with the College Board to ensure the timely release of the PSAT Exam results. With that said, please know that I take this matter extremely seriously. My cabinet and I have conducted a full and thorough investigation to determine how the wrong exam was issued. We are taking action to ensure such an error does not occur again.

We recognize the need to be transparent and will continue to provide more detail in alignment with the College Board’s process. My administration and I will remain in regular contact with the College Board and we will provide updates as additional information becomes available.

Finally, I would like to thank our students and families for your patience while we work to resolve this matter in a timely manner.


Cheryl H. Champ, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools