AP Exam Cost Concerns Kinnelon Students
Tests cost $89 each as student representative said her peers feel 'undermined.'
Being successful sometimes come with a price and for some Kinnelon High School students, that price may be too high.
Kinnelon Board of Education Student Representative Anthe Stylianou was unable to make it to the Jan. 31 board meeting, but asked that her report be read aloud. In it, as read by Board Member Mike Petruccelli, she said that the high cost of AP exams discourages her peers from wanting to take them.
"Students want to be challenged but they're feeling undermined and stressed," Stylianou wrote.
Many students who are enrolled in AP courses take several AP exams per year. Board Member Brian Davin said he could sympathize with Stylianou's concerns and noted that his two high school-aged kids are planning to take the exams.
"Between the two of them, it's going to be over $700," he said.
According to the College Board's website, $8 of the $89 fee is retained by the school to cover administrative costs. Kinnelon Public Schools Interim Superintendent Diane DiGiuseppe said that the cost of the exam is determined by the College Board, the maker of the exam, and that it is unlikely the fee could be changed. More than 375 exams were taken by Kinnelon High School students last year, she said.
As board members discussed the cost burden, Denise Hatch recommended some sort of fundraiser that could be done to help cover some of the cost of the exam.
"The fundraiser sounds like a good idea, but it has to come from the kids," she said.
The board agreed to revisit the issue after looking into the feasibility of conducting a fundraiser to help pay for the tests.