Hundreds of Scripps Ranch High School students begin retaking AP tests

Posted at 6:01 AM, Jul 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-17 20:46:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Hundreds of Scripps Ranch High School students are retaking their AP exams Monday after their scores were thrown out after reports of possible cheating.

Students will have two date options, and the retakes will be held at Marshall Middle School's multi-purpose room due to construction at the high school.

-- English Literature: July 17 at 8 a.m. (OPTION 1); August 7 at 8 a.m. (OPTION 2)
-- U.S. History: July 17 at 1 p.m. (OPTION 1); August 7 at 1 p.m. (OPTION 2)
-- English Language: July 18 at 8 a.m. (OPTION 1); August 8 at 8 a.m. (OPTION 2)
-- Biology: July 18 at 1 p.m. (OPTION 1); August 8 at 1 p.m. (OPTION 2)
-- Psychology: July 19 at 8 a.m. (OPTION 1); August 9 at 8 a.m. (OPTION 2)
-- Computer Science A: July 19 at 1 p.m. (OPTION 1); August 9 at 1 p.m. (OPTION 2)
-- Statistics: July 20 at 8 a.m. (OPTION 1); August 10 at 8 a.m. (OPTION 2)
-- Calculus AB/BC: July 20 at 1 p.m. (OPTION 1); August 10 at 1 p.m. (OPTION 2)

During the school year, reports of cheating surfaced during an AP exam at Scripps Ranch High. That prompted the College Board to toss out the scores for more than 500 students.

Last week, a judge denied the San Diego Unified School District's motion for a temporary restraining order that would have upheld the scores.

Trevor Packer, Sr. Vice President of AP and Instruction at the College Board, issued the following statement after Friday's announcement:

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.

Now, many students are scrambling to study and some are worried they may not pass the test the second time around.

Scripps Ranch High student Kacy Roche told 10News, "I have to skip some of the review sessions just because I'm working and I can't cancel it … I was very prepared and I studied so hard, and it's just hard to pick it back up where we left off."

The district has posted other information on the AP test retakes, including schedules for review sessions:

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