Trustees may vote to cut AP test funding for San Diego Unified

San Diego Unified trustees are expected to decide Tuesday whether to quit paying for Advanced Placement tests.

For the past two years, the school district has paid for the exams that, if passed, earn college credits for high school students. But the district is considering the elimination of about $700,000 in funding that went toward the tests to help offset a projected deficit of about $86 million in the $1.2 billion operating budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Students who want to take Advanced Placement tests would have to pay $84 per subject.

Instead of paying for the tests, the district is considering giving students weighted grades for simply taking AP classes. For instance, a student who earned a B in English and also took an AP English course would get an A.