AP Chemistry exam integrity goes into negative territory for 2021

Written by Adrian
On December 24, 2020
Let’s not bury the lead here.

If you thought the AP Chemistry exam in 2020 was a zero integrity farce (spoiler alert, it was), it’s going to be much, MUCH worse in 2021. So what’s going on? Having sanctioned cheating by allowing kids to take the 2020 ‘exam’ at home, with essentially no safeguards against cheating, and absolutely zero way of preventing any number of people being in the room with the student, the same thing will once again happen in 2021.

If you thought the AP Chemistry exam in 2020 was a zero integrity farce (spoiler alert, it was), it’s going to be much, MUCH worse in 2021.

That’s bad enough, but as we saw in 2020, integrity is not something that the College Board is remotely concerned about, rather their bottom line is their motivation. So how will things be worse in 2021? Well not only is the sanctioned cheating being extended into the ‘exam’ season for 2021, but additionally it will now be coupled with ‘normal’, in-person exams in schools as well! In a nutshell, in 2021, some students will be allowed to cheat, and some will not.

In a nutshell, in 2021, some students will be allowed to cheat, and some will not.

Think about that for a moment. Only the College Board could actually reduce the integrity of an ‘exam’ in 2020 that had zero integrity in 2020. At least in 2020 EVERYBODY could cheat, at will, with no restrictions. In 2021, access to rampant cheating will only be available to some students. It’s mind-boggling, and I continue to be amazed at how many so-called educators are OK with this. I find it disgusting.

4 Comments

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    It will be interesting to see the score breakdowns of at home tests vs ones administered in schools. By allowing at home testing it totally makes the scores useless in my opinion for 2020 as well as future 2021 tests.

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      We already know that Packer and the CB will lie without hesitation about “statistics.” (I got to confront him about this LIVE. He was surprisingly polite..) I predict RIGHT NOW that there will be no statistical difference in scores between those who take the exam live, and those who take it on their home computers. And unlike last year, where the only alternative was to scrap the exam, there is no good reason to allow home tests this year. By June, it is likely that the overwhelming majority of HS students and their teachers will have been vaccinated. And even schools not offering live instruction COULD open for testing.

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      • Adrian

        Hi Paul – The bottom line here is that there is ZERO integrity … and they DON’T CARE! I’m disgusted.

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    • Adrian

      As Paul says, the College Board will produce statistics that proclaim, “GREAT success”. Recognize that in any way??

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