Students must re-take AP tests after principal’s tweet shows tables too short

Students at a Northern California Catholic high school must retake their Advanced Placement tests after a tweeted photo showed the students sitting at tables too short to include AP College Board officials to oversee the students.

A total of 177 students must retake English, chemistry, government and Spanish tests. The tests, administered to high school seniors in May, usually after completing an AP course at school, provide prospective college freshmen with class credits.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported that on May 1, Marin Catholic High School President Tim Navone tweeted a photo showing pairs of students sitting at tables that were six feet long instead of eight feet. The longer table allows testing officials to sit with the students to prevent cheating.

The newspaper also reported the photo was accompanied by a quote that read, “AP tests are in full swing…who ‘em what you got, Cats.” The tweet since has been deleted.

An anonymous Twitter user alerted the AP College Board to the photo.

Navone wasn’t available for comment after the news broke but later told the Marin Independent Journal, “My actions caused an injustice to young people, so my actions cut real deep; it doesn’t feel good.”

The tests will be re-administered over three days, May 24-26, with eight-foot tables in place, according to school officials.


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