The Spartans Speak
The College Board cracks down on academic dishonestyFriday, April 20, 2012 By Jennifer Currier
In late-March, the College Board announced new regulations for students taking the SAT or SAT Subject Tests. The tests, created to help college admissions offices understand a student’s capabilities, have recently seen allegations of academic dishonesty. As a response, the College Board implemented security measures that require students to submit a photo ID upon registration for the SAT/SAT Subject Tests. Students must also show a valid ID on site the day the test is administered. In addition, the testing institutions are allowed to check the photos throughout the test period. Though some form of photo identification was already required to take the tests, the stringent security measures will prevent stand-in test takers. By falsifying their identity, these stand-in testers can raise another student’s scores, thus gaining the attention of prestigious colleges. The College Board website says that cheating on the SAT is unacceptable and “unfair to students who have put in the hard work and play by the rules.” The organization also encourages any students who see or hear about cheating to report it to their Office of Testing Integrity. PA guidance counselor Ms. Michaud, who helps administer the PSATs, said that Pembroke doesn’t face problems with cheating because “they [school administrators] know exactly who the kids testing are” and can “monitor attendance carefully.” She does, however, understand the cheating conflict. “This issue is just like when you go to vote,” Ms. Michaud said. “All you have to do to receive a ballot is give your name, but people now think an ID should be required at the booth. “The issue shows what our world is now,” she added. “If security like this is what the world needs in order to maintain its integrity, then I really hope it works.” Last fall, CNN reported the first major SAT cheating scandal that prompted a revision in test security. According to the report, 20 arrests were made in Nassau County, N.Y. involving students—high school and college level—who were paid by other students to take the SAT for them. Any student who is caught cheating or falsifying photo identification will be subject to having their scores revoked and could face criminal charges, said SAT officials, adding that the security measures would not increase the price of the tests.