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School board to take legal action against invalidation of AP test scores

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education voted 4-0 Thursday night to take legal action against the College Board after the invalidation of AP test scores from Scripps Ranch High School.

In what many called the “nuclear option,” the College Board, the organization that oversees college admission tests, decided to throw out more than 850 AP exams taken at the school because the chairs in which the students were seated during the testing session were placed too close together in the exam room.

The school district says there is no evidence of student cheating.

School board Vice President Kevin Beiser told FOX 5 the decision to take legal action was a "no-brainer."

"The College Board is accountable to no one and there's no appeal process other than legal action," Beiser said. "We tried to plead our case to them individually to help them understand that I feel this is a big overreaction."

"Our general counsel recommended that we skip state court and go right to federal court for a variety of reasons," Beiser added.

The district could take legal action as early as Friday morning.

Wednesday night, hundreds of parents attended a meeting and signed a petition demanding the scores be reinstated. The petition garnered almost 2,500 signatures.

The void AP exams could have big consequences for students who have already left the state or planned their first semester of college based on those tests.

Students must register to retake the exams by Friday at 3:30 p.m.