College Board, one of the largest standardized testing organizations globally, worked closely with the Chinese Communist Party for almost two decades to help them gain “strategic access” to the US’ primary education system, according to a new report.
The report, published this month by the National Association of Scholars, alleges that the organization has worked in partnership with Beijing since at least 2003 to develop the AP Chinese Language and culture exam and help them establish Confucius Institutes.
The Confucius Institutes operate 550 Chinese culture and language programs in colleges and universities, including 75 in the US. Last year, a Senate Intelligence subcommittee decried the institutes given that their funding come “with strings that can compromise academic freedom.”
According to the report, College Board CEO David Coleman referred to the Hanban, the Chinese government agency that oversaw the educational institutes, as “the sun” whose light “the moon,” referring to College Board, was “so honored to reflect” in 2014.