At Mills High School, nearly 300 student’s Advanced Placement tests from May 2013 were canceled due to a reported seating complaint.
Mills High School was accused of defying the Educational Testing Service’s seating assignments during 11 of their AP Exams. All students whose exam scores were canceled would have to retake the test on a later date.
Ben B., a current senior at Mills High School said, “It’s ridiculous and pointless and has no benefit to anyone, while hurting a lot of people”
A student who participated in the 2013 AP Exam wrote an email to the ETS complaining that many rules and regulations were broken during the exam. This student remains anonymous at this time but his/her actions affected the scores and college process for many.
Senior Sydney Levine said, “That’s really not fair to the students who put the extra effort into studying and taking the test just for them to be cancelled”.
Attempts to get a comment from a Mills High School representative were unsuccessful.
B. reflected on the test day, “Its not like we could see each others papers, but this kid somehow knew this was against the ETS rules and reported the proctor, Mr. Fruman.”
As reported by the Daily Journal on Sept. 17, citing the San Mateo Union High School District’s (SMUHSD) Press Release, the District and Mills Viking Parent Group filed but then dropped a lawsuit against ETS, after the United States District Court refused to force the immediate release of the test scores.
Students now have the option to retake their tests. However an angry and discouraged B. said, “I didn’t retake the AP United States History (USH) test even though that will probably hurt my college admissions.”
“I’m done with ETS. They don’t deserve my money,” said B.