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Mills testing bill passes Assembly: Legislation focuses on AP testing irregularities
August 08, 2014, 05:00 AM Staff and wire report

Jerry Hil

Legislation responding to hundreds of invalidated Advanced Placement exams because of a seating mistake at Mills High School in Millbrae last year passed the state Assembly 75-0 Thursday.

Senate Bill 915, authored by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would create an expedited timeline for investigations and subsequent new testing.

It also requires test administrators to keep a seating chart, noting the Mills High investigation was delayed and a wide range of scores cancelled because there was no documentation showing where students sat.

In May 2013, some students taking AP exams at Mills High School were seated at round tables, a violation of testing protocols. After a student complaint prompted an investigation, College Board, the test’s publisher, announced in July that it would cancel 641 test scores. Nearly 300 students were allowed to retake the tests in August.

That prompted outrage from students who argued they were punished for the mistakes of adults. Some felt ill-prepared to retake a test at the end of summer vacation, while others already had started college.

Students who pass and excel on Advanced Placement exams, scored on a scale of one to five, are eligible for credits for college classes.

A federal judge rejected a challenge seeking to reinstate the canceled scores because test-takers are warned that their scores can be canceled because of improper seating.

While the affected students lost in a court battle, the bill changes how future testing irregularities should be investigated.

The bill heads back to the Senate to approve amendments after passing the Assembly on a 75-0 vote.

 

 

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