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School board silences watchdog group demanding transparency

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Members of the Douglas County School Board said that in an effort to avoid redundancy, only one member of the public could speak here about AP test scores.

“It’s troubling,” said Stephen Murphy, who brought his family to the meeting Monday night, hoping to learn more about passing and failing scores on Advanced Placement tests.

Members of Citizens for Excellence in Public Schools, a watchdog group, is demanding more transparency. While the county has been recognized for its growing passing scores as seen on their website, critics say the county should also admit it has a problem.

From 2013 to 2015, the number of failing grades for Advance Placement Tests on STEM subjects has grown from 75% to 84%.

Failing scores for AP test scores on all subjects have come down from 84% in 2013, to 77% in 2015 but that's still well over the state failure average at 42%, according to figures provided by the watchdog group.

The numbers are not being disputed by the school board.

School Superintendent Dr. Gordon Pritz declined an interview with CBS46 and instead sent us a written statement highlighting the district’s open enrollment policy.

“Our district is committed to increasing the opportunity for all motivated students to take AP courses,” Pritz wrote.

Critics at the meeting said the board should re-consider its policy or find a way to improve scores.

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