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Parents may file lawsuits over AP Test debacle

Posted July 5

— Some parents of students at Scripps Ranch High School may file lawsuits over botched AP Tests at the school.

The San Diego Unified School District says almost 900 tests were administered improperly, and the College Board invalidated their scores. That means about 500 students will have to retake the tests to get credit for them.

"It's demoralizing," said Keren Stashower, whose son Noah will have to retake his AP psychology test.

"People need to step up and take responsibility for their mistakes," she told 10News, "not leave this up to the kids to put the energy into it."

In an email to 10News, several parents said they might file an injunction against the College Board to let the original test scores stand until an investigation is completed. They're also discussing a class-action lawsuit.

One parent, who asked to remain anonymous, wrote of the monetary aspect, saying: "My daughter has to retake the AP English test … the college she hopes to attend would have accepted it in place of her taking an English Class. At about $1,300 per credit, that's real money."

The school district says students taking the tests were sitting too close together and partitions were put in between them. Both of those things are against AP testing rules. While the College Board found no evidence of cheating, they still decided to invalidate the tests.

Parents feel it punishes the students for the school's mistake, and they also claim that the school knew the set up violated the rules.

One parent told 10News that the school had complained to the district for years about compliance issues, but SD Unified did nothing to solve it.

The parents will bring up these claims at a meeting at Marshall Middle School at 6 p.m. on Wednesday.


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