Why are AP students at Ridgefield High School paying $96 for a test they might not need? The Board of Education addressed its problems with pay-to-learn fees \u2014 which include costs for AP testing and a bevy of other district-wide fees, such as school supplies, sports activities, field trips, and parking (only for high school students with a driver\u2019s license) \u2014 at a March 28 meeting when Superintendent Karen Baldwin presented a draft list of what student families could incur financially during the school year. One payment in particular \u2014 $96 for AP testing \u2014 struck a chord with board members. \u201cWhy are we charging for AP testing? Is there any course at our school that we require students to pay for?\u201d asked board member Doug Silver. \u201cIf you are a high-achievement student, you pay to go to your classes, but if you\u2019re not, you don\u2019t have to pay. How is that fair?\u201d High school principal Stacey Gross said that most of the money from AP payments goes to the College Board, while whatever remains is used to pay for extra monitoring staff \u2014 both RHS faculty and College Board employees \u2014 during testing. Silver said he wasn\u2019t advocating that the school should absorb the cost of the test, but said it should be optional for students. He said that young learners who take AP classes but don\u2019t want to take the test should have the option to opt out to avoid paying the fee. Gross said teachers at the high school are very much in favor of having mandatory AP testing. \u201cThe staff thinks as far as motivation,\u201d she said, \u201cit affects the entire environment in the class if they\u2019re not focused on taking the test.\u201d Despite the teachers\u2019 stance, Gross said that making the test optional is something that can be looked into further. Chairwoman Fran Walton said the $96 test cost could be viewed as an investment. \u00a0 \u201cIf you take the test, you can use the results of the test at college to place into credits,\u201d she said. A standard four-credit course costs around $3,000 per semester, according to board member Margaret Stamatis. Ivy League colleges don't accept AP tests in lieu of taking the course. And that\u2019s why board member David Cordisco said he would like a board subcommittee to meet with high school leadership and explore the possibility of making the tests optional. \u201cDoug makes a good point \u2014 only charge them if they want to take the test,\u201d Cordisco said. \u201cThere\u2019s no expense to us at that point, but we should take this into subcommittee.\u201d An earlier version of this article stated David Cordisco would like to form a new subcommittee and that not all colleges accepted AP credit.