Report of student cheating may have led to AP test debacle

Posted at 11:30 PM, Jul 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 11:33:49-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A student may have cheated during an AP exam, and that action led to more than 500 students being forced to retake the test during the summer.

"When I heard about the AP thing, I was like, 'Great, I have another thing to add to my schedule,'" said Savannah Madden, a Scripps Ranch High School senior being forced to retake her AP exam in psychology.

Savannah said it will be a challenge for her because she is spending her summer conditioning for soccer, as she just earned a college scholarship for the sport.

"I've got two weeks to study. I've got two weeks to get that passing score on the AP test," she said.

According to a San Diego Union-Tribune report, a San Diego Unified School District spokesperson couldn't disclose details about an alleged cheating incident but confirmed a student was dismissed from the test, and the district reported it. That caused the College Board to launch its investigation into the testing procedures, and found that the testing room was not set up according to regulations.

Hundreds of parents and students met with district officials Wednesday asking for them to find some way to validate the scores, so their students won't retake it.

The school district has a meeting with the College Board Thursday morning.

On Thursday night, the district will go into a closed meeting to discuss a possible lawsuit against College Board to get the AP test scores re-validated.

The lawsuit could take some time, so they're still encouraging students to retake the test this summer. The retake dates are posted on the district website.