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AP, SAT test maker makes nice profit off student fees

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August

Florida under Jeb Bush made a big deal about getting high school students ready for college with a push to have every student take the PSAT to assess their preparedness, and a second effort to get as many kids as possible into Advanced Placement courses.

That initiative and others like it across the country has paid off nicely for the College Board, which makes and administers the tests.

Bloomberg.com reports that concerns are mounting that the nonprofit company has brought in healthy revenue on the backs of students, in the form of big testing fees and the sale of test-takers' names to colleges.

"The College Board is more interested in marketing and selling things than it is in its primary responsibility, promoting equity and educational opportunity," retired University of Chicago admissions dean Ted O'Neill, who served on several College Board committees, told Bloomberg.

Read the full report here.

[Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2011 6:48am]

    

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