Judge rules Scripps Ranch High students must retake AP tests
4:55 PM, Jul 14, 2017
9:00 AM, Jul 15, 2017
SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Hundreds of Scripps Ranch High School students will have to retake their Advanced Placement scores.
Friday a judge decided to deny the San Diego Unified School District's motion for a temporary restraining order against College Board, as the district planned to pursue legal action to have the scores accepted.
Retests could now begin Monday at Marshall Middle School's multi-purpose room. SDUSD issued the following schedule:
English Literature - Option 1: Monday, July 17 at 8 a.m. Option 2: Monday, August 7 at 8 a.m.
U.S. History - Option 1: Monday, July 17 at 1 p.m. Option 2: Monday, August 7 at 1 p.m.
English Literature - Option 1: Tuesday, July 18 at 8 a.m. Option 2: Tuesday, August 8 at 8 a.m.
Biology - Option 1: Tuesday, July 18 at 1 p.m. Option 2: Tuesday, August 8 at 1 p.m.
Psychology - Option 1: Wednesday, July 19 at 8 a.m. Option 2: Wednesday, August 9 at 8 a.m.
Computer Science A - Option 1: Wednesday, July 19 at 1 p.m. Option 2: Wednesday, August 9 at 1 p.m.
Statistics - Option 1: Thursday, July 20 at 8 a.m. Option 2: Thursday, August 10 at 8 a.m.
Calculus AB/BC - Option 1: Thursday, July 20 at 1 p.m. Option 2: Thursday, August 10 at 1 p.m.
More information on SDUSD's AP testing retake schedule and resources can be found here.
Following the ruling, Trevor Packer, Sr. Vice President of AP and Instruction at the College Board issued a statement, citing a report of cheating during Scripps Ranch High's AP testing.
"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."
College Board threw out the test scores last month after they said the tests were administered improperly. Testing stations were reportedly not set up to meet spacing guidelines.
Now, students are forced to prepare to retake those May tests should they wish to receive credit.
School District lawyer: we're here bc of the mistakes of testing officials, not because of anything the students have done #APTestHearing
SDUSD officials met with College Board representatives earlier this month to discussed reinstating the scores. That meeting resulted in the school district moving forward with legal action against College Board.
"It's demoralizing," Keren Stashower, whose son Noah will have to retake his AP psychology test, told 10News. "People need to step up and take responsibility for their mistakes, not leave this up to the kids to put the energy into it."