San Diego Unified Taking College Board To Court Over AP Test Decision
Friday, July 7, 2017
Kevin Beiser, vice president, San Diego Unified School District Board of Education
UPDATE: 9:45 a.m., July 7, 2017
The San Diego Unified School Board voted Thursday to file a temporary restraining order on a College Board decision to invalidate hundreds of Advanced Placement exams at Scripps Ranch High School. The legal action seeks to have the test scores released, but the district is still urging students to sign up for retests.
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Representatives of San Diego Unified and the College Board met Thursday morning to plan for retakes of some 800 Advanced Placement exams at Scripps Ranch High School. If school board Vice President Kevin Beiser has his way, they will meet again soon in court.
Trustees are holding a special, closed-session meeting Thursday evening to consider whether to file a legal challenge against the College Board’s decision to invalidate the tests because students were seated too close together.
The news 540 students would have to retake their tests because of the error has caused an uproar in the affluent San Diego suburb. Residents there say invalidating the tests is an overreaction.
Beiser said he believes the district can make that case in court.
“There is past precedence of the College Board not invalidating scores when there have been testing discrepancies,” he said. “Most recently in 2015, when some students were given more time, the College Board did not invalidate their score and make them retake the assessment.”
A printing error caused thousands of test-takers to spend five extra minutes on one section of the test, according to reports. The College Board opted not to score the section in question, saying the others were enough to grade the students.
The district’s legal team had previously advised the board not to pursue legal action. At a June 30 press conference, district representatives said they could not find a similar case in which a school district prevailed against the College Board.
In the printing error incident Beiser cited, the College Board made its decision on its own and was not challenged in court.
The school board had attorney William Low on hand at a lengthy and heated town hall meeting Wednesday. Thursday morning, students and parents protested outside a meeting in which district and College Board officials discussed retest plans.
As things stand now, the retests are planned for later this month and next month.
The College Board has decided to invalidate some 800 Advanced Placement tests taken at Scripps Ranch High School because students were seated too close together.
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