Judge rules Scripps Ranch High School students must retake AP exams
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Judge Michael M. Anello ruled Friday that more than 500 Scripps Ranch High School students must retake the AP exams, starting next week and in August.
Trevor Packer, Sr. Vice President of AP and Instruction at the College Board released a statement Friday, following the judges ruling.
A report of cheating during the AP Exam administration at Scripps Ranch High School prompted an investigation that revealed widespread seating violations, which school administrators have acknowledged. We empathize with the students and families affected by the school’s errors, but the decision to cancel the impacted scores was not a close call. The school’s seating violations were not by inches, but by feet, and the school’s use of partitions was clearly prohibited.
This ruling affirms the difficult, yet necessary, decision that we made in order to ensure that no student has an unfair advantage. To uphold our commitment to safeguarding the integrity of AP scores, as colleges rightly expect, the College Board had no alternative but to cancel the affected tests.
We have offered two free re-testing opportunities and have worked with the school to support its efforts to prepare students for the upcoming exams.
The district filed a lawsuit Friday against the College Board and Educational Testing Services, the company that administers Advanced Placement tests, seeking to have the results of 844 voided Scripps Ranch High School AP exams released.
The testing nonprofit voided the tests after learning the school did not follow proper seating protocols in May.
The district, along with 23 students, is alleging that withholding the scores is a breach of contract. The students say they would face thousands of dollars in damages if they miss out on college credits because of the decision.
Students are scheduled to begin the first round of exam retakes on Monday.
In an emailed statement, College Board spokeswoman Jaslee Carayo said:
"Advanced Placement exams are administered by high schools, which agree to follow the College Board’s test administration requirements. Those requirements specify a minimum distance between test takers and prohibit the use of partitions. As the San Diego Unified School District has acknowledged, neither of those requirements was followed by Scripps Ranch High School.
Colleges rightly expect the College Board to safeguard the integrity of AP scores. A test security incident prompted the investigation that revealed massive seating violations, and when a high school does not comply with the College Board’s test administration requirements, an indeterminate number of students can gain an unfair advantage. For that reason, while we take the decision to cancel scores very seriously, there is no alternative in such situations.
We understand the frustration of all affected students and parents. To support the students, we have offered two fee-free testing opportunities."