SACRAMENTO -- A little more than a year after an Advanced Placement exam fiasco at a Peninsula high school, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill to protect high school students whose work is called into question due to improper testing conditions.
SB 915 was sponsored by students and parents at Mills High School in Millbrae, where more than 600 exams were disqualified in July 2013 after the organizations behind the exams, the College Board and Educational Testing Service, determined some students had been seated facing one another in violation of testing guidelines. There was no evidence that the seating irregularities led to cheating during the May exams.
The legislation by state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, requires schools to create seating charts for all AP tests. That will encourage school proctors to adhere to seating guidelines and enable ETS to invalidate only the tests of students who were improperly seated, Hill said.
The law also establishes deadlines for ETS and schools that host the exams to respond to testing irregularities. Mills students and parents complained that last year's investigation was too slow. It took two months for families to learn of the invalidations, and ETS didn't hold makeup tests until late August, when many students had already left for college.
"Students should not have to bear the brunt of testing errors that occur through no fault of their own," Hill said in a statement.
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