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Good News Alert: CAIR Applauds College Board’s Expansion of AP Exam Schedule to Accommodate Muslim Holiday

(BALTIMORE, MD, 11/14/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), America’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today applauded the College Board for expanding and adjusting the 2021 AP Exam schedule to accommodate Muslim students who observe the religious holiday of Eid. 

[NOTE: Eid ul-Fitr (EED-al-FITTER) marks the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, is the first of the two major Muslim holidays. The second holiday, Eid ul-Adha (EED-al-ODD-ha), comes near the end of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca.]

SEE: College Board to expand testing options for AP exam on Muslim holiday (Washington Post)

“The College Board’s decision to work with us to find a suitable and equitable compromise will allow school boards that give students off on Eid to grant this reasonable religious accommodation to tens of thousands of Muslim students nationwide,” said CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry.“This move demonstrates the integrity of the organization and reflects its commitment to diversity and inclusion.” 

“We fully support students who observe Eid al-Fitr and want to provide flexibility for them and their schools,” said Terry Redican, vice president of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. “Offering an additional day of testing helps ensure observant students have the opportunity to test on a day that won’t conflict with other AP exams they may need to take.”

Earlier this month, the civil rights organization sent a letter requesting AP program administrators to avoid scheduling AP exams on Eid Al-Fitr, which is otherwise expected to land on a testing day. 

SEE: CAIR Sends Letter Requesting College Board Avoid Scheduling AP Exams on Eid al-Fitr

The organization was able to work with CAIR to find a solution that worked from both a logistical and administrative standpoint. 

Some school districts with a significant Muslim population give students the day off for the Islamic holiday, along with Jewish and Christian holidays. This allows students to be able to observe the holiday without being marked absent or missing valuable classroom instruction.

Weeks ago, through conversations with school officials, it was brought to CAIR’s attention that some school boards may not approve closing schools for students on Eid al-Fitr if it coincides with an AP exam date, because it would create an equity issue. 

To resolve that concern and accommodate students’ needs, the College Board will now create an additional testing date in the third week of May for AP exam(s) scheduled on May 13, 2021 – thereby allowing school districts that give students off for the Eid holiday the flexibility of an alternative AP exam date. 

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: CAIR Director of Maryland Outreach Zainab Chaudry,, 410-971-6062

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