Law Strikes College Board

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After students all over the world took the AP exams in May, the College Board is currently facing a lawsuit due to alleged illegal actions on their end such as lying to students and practicing unfair treatment. 

While taking their AP exams, students faced many technical challenges. One common issue was students unable to submit their test answers. Those who didn’t get the chance to turn in their exams had to retake them and insisted on their original answers being scored. College Board was later sued and went to federal court. 

“I was nervous about taking it from home because I was scared the Wi-Fi would go out during the test,” senior Cassandra Podnar said. “I had to take the makeup exam for AP Stat because my answers didn’t submit.”

College Board allegedly committed some other illegal activities. The platform created fake accounts on several social media platforms and posted links claiming the answers for the exams could be found there. When test takers clicked on those links, they were asked for their personal information in order for the platform to cancel their tests.  

“I was really scared and extremely confused on how it would go,” sophomore Savanna Pierce- Shimomura said. “How will they prevent cheating? What happens if my wifi crashes? I didn’t see any posts with answers on it, but there were some really funny memes making fun of how aggressive College Board was.”

These tests are stressful, and the complications that occurred caused a lot of unnecessary stress on our students.”

— AP World History teacher Mackenzie Long

College Board was sued for more than $500 million by parents, students and school- related testing companies. 

“I think the lawsuit is justified,” AP World History teacher Mackenzie Long said. “These tests are stressful, and the complications that occurred caused a lot of unnecessary stress on our students. College Board did not do a perfect job setting up the online process, and I don’t think they ran enough beta tests to ensure the program would run properly, with thousands of kids logged in and submitting work simultaneously. Not to mention, they changed testing processes halfway through the week of testing.”