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Testing officials reduce number of Amador Valley students needing to retake AP exams

Principal says number reduced from 587 to 409 tests needed to be retaken

The Educational Testing Service (ETS), a program that administers and scores tests for College Board, reduced the number of students retaking Advanced Placement exams Tuesday after its initial decision May 28 to invalidate 400 students' AP scores due to "seating irregularities.

The move came after College Board's initial decision on May 28 to invalidate 400 students' AP scores due to "seating irregularities," according to Amador principal Dr. Thomas Drescher.

A second investigation was launched Monday morning by ETS.

"Rick Sira and I were very relentless with providing the investigator more compelling information and evidence," said Drescher.

In addition, students were called out of class to replicate the seating arrangements during the exams.

After further investigation, ETS is now requiring students that took an exam in testing rooms P-3 and students that sat at a table with another student in testing room P-7 to retake their AP exams.

According to Drescher, the amount reduced from 587 tests to 409 tests needed to be retaken, with 85 students not having to retake their exams anymore.

"Though I am personally relieved that I didn't have to retake the exam, I remain disappointed that many of my fellow students will still have to retake their exams due to a small error that they weren't responsible for," said senior Jennifer Teitell, who no longer needs to retake her AP macroeconomics exam.

Dresher said a different investigator was on campus Monday morning and was "willing to listen" to the site administration's additional information.

The first investigation was launched after a student expressed concerns on May 20 about the seating arrangements to testing officials, according to Tom Ewing of ETS.

Nearly 400 students were affected.

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