Virtual AP exams run into problems

The Covid-19 crisis has forced cancellation of most exams that high school students would ordinarily take.  The sole exception are the AP exams, but they have handicapped some students through no fault of their own (“NYC teachers, students grapple with tech glitches, equity concerns as virtual AP exams begin,” New York Daily News, May 14).

Although the College Board said that only one percent of students taking the exam experienced technical issues uploading their answers, it avoided addressing the problems that many students faced at home under less than ideal testing conditions.

That’s the problem with virtual assessment.  It does not control the factors that allow students to demonstrate their real mastery of what they’ve studied.  As a result, any attempt to compare results this spring with those of previous years is a waste of time.

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