ATTENTION CUSD PARENTS OF AP TEST TAKERS: If your child registered for AP Testing through a company called Total Registration I am trying to find out what personal information you were asked to provide, and what information you were required to provide.

This year CUSD required all AP Test takers to register for testing through a third party for profit company named Total Registration. The Registration Fee was $100 per test.

The actual cost should have been $94 per test.

Parents were charged $6.00 per test to much. I am trying to find out why CUSD is overcharging. In addition to the $6.00 overcharge, Some schools are asking for volunteers to proctor the exam. The College Board refunds $9.00 per test back to schools to pay for the proctor. This means that schools using volunteers as protectors could be overcharging parents $15 per test.

Finally- testing fees can be reduced based on volume of tests, which would add a third revenue stream back to the District.

Last year CUSD administered 4,417 AP Tests X $6= $26,502.00

If volunteer procters are used 4,417 AP Tests X $15 = $66,255.00

Where did this money go?

In addition to being "overcharged", it appears that Total Registration requested additional personally identifiable information on students. If your child was required to provide their social security number, self-reported parental income, disabilities, or phone numbers please contact CUSDWatch.

Is CUSD "selling" personally identifiable student data to Total Registration, a 3rd party for profit company?

I am submitting a PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST to CUSD to ask for CUSDs' contract with Total Registration. Rumor has it that the High School Principals; acting as independent contractors, may have entered into agreements with Total Registration without board approval.

CUSD Responds to Public Records Request re: Total Registration AP Test Sign-ups

These contracts were entered into by each school site Principal. What this response implies is that any employee of CUSD that has access to student data can enter into a third party agreement to sell students personally identifiable data. Each High School charged more than the cost of the exam, so they profited off the sale of student information.  

 

CUSDs Response to Public Records Request:

From the College Board

 

From the College Board

From the College Board:

Our Commitment to Student Data Privacy

When students take a College Board assessment, they have every right to know what information they choose to provide, why we ask for it, and how we may share that information.

Here’s the first thing to know: The College Board collects personal information only to administer tests and deliver educational opportunities to students.

Here’s the second thing: The College Board gives students and families complete discretion as to how much additional information they disclose, beyond the minimum information needed to connect students with college success, including registering for the SAT or saving college lists.

During the registration process, we ask students for information needed to score the test. Students also complete a questionnaire, which include a series of optional questions. For instance, students can provide their race or ethnicity, and by doing so, help the College Board evaluate the fairness of the test and ensure that it is fair and accurate for all students. By sharing their course preference and potential college major, counselors and college admission officers can help students make plans for the future. Students can indicate if they come from a military family in order to be connected to unique information and resources.

As we make clear to students, they don’t have to respond to these and other optional questions, but we recommend they do because it helps us and our members best deliver programs and opportunities to serve students.

We are in constant dialogue with students, parents, educators, and state and district partners in order to evaluate our policies and procedures. As a result of this engagement, we regularly enhance student privacy. For example, just recently, we announced:

We will no longer collect Social Security numbers from students who participate in our assessment and instruction programs. (Effective August 2018)

The question about religious preference or affiliation on the questionnaire will change from "Indicate your religious preference or affiliation" to "Are you interested in religious colleges or religiously affiliated campus clubs/activities? If yes, select a religion below." (Effective August 2017)

The College Board has a deep respect for student privacy, and we are committed to protecting it. We are a signatory, with more than 200 K-12 school service providers and education leaders, of the Pledge to Safeguard Student Privacy, a public commitment for the responsible collection and use of student data. You can learn more here, including about the principles that ensure our commitment to privacy.

Additionally, here are answers to some questions we frequently receive.

Q: Does the College Board sell student data?

The College Board does not sell student data. Through Student Search Service, students may participate in a voluntary program that connects students with information about educational and financial aid opportunities from nearly 1700 colleges, universities, scholarship programs and educational organizations. When students take the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10, they are asked if they want to participate.  By opting in, they give the College Board permission to share their name and limited information with college and scholarship programs looking for students like them. The College Board never shares social security number, actual test scores, self-reported parental income, disabilities, or phone numbers as part of Student Search Service. Participation is completely voluntary and students can opt out at any time. Eligible institutions sign a license agreement with the College Board, and the College Board consistently monitors their use of student information for compliance. After a five year term, the institutions must permanently destroy the data. 

Q: Does the College Board make unsolicited phone calls or send unsolicited texts?

We do not send students text messages or emails or call them on the phone unless they specifically opt in to the communication.

 

From Total Registration

From Total Registration

 

From Aliso Niguel High School Web Site

From Capistrano Valley High School

From Dana Hills High School Web Site

IMPORTANT - College Board returns $9.00 out of every $94 test fee to pay for AP Exam Procters. If Dana Hills High is using no-paid "volunteers" then Dana Hills High School is profiting by $9.00 + $6.00 overpayment. $15 per test.

From San Clemente High School Web Site

From San Juan Hills High School Web Site

From Tesoro High School Web Site

 

 

      Supporting Documentation: CUSDWatch- Attention CUSD Parents of AP Test Takers