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March 28, 2012 11:00 AM More Security for Standardized Tests

By Daniel Luzer

Rather than, you know, take my recommendations and just have SATs matter less in college admissions (I mean, I wasn’t really expecting them to listen), the powers that be in the American college admission rat race have issued changes to address the recent SAT cheating scandal on Long Island. The answer, of course, is more security at the tests.

According to an article by James Barron in the New York Times:

Stung by a cheating scandal involving dozens of Long Island high school students, the SAT and ACT college entrance exams will now require students to upload photos when they sign up for the exams, and officials will check that image against the photo identification the students present when they arrive to take the test, the Nassau County district attorney said Tuesday.
The statement also said that standby test registration, in which students can register the day they take the test, would be eliminated. “Students not appearing on the roster” at a test center or students who do not present sufficient identification “will not be allowed to sit for the exam,” according to the statement from Ms. Rice.

The change was one of several announced Tuesday in the aftermath of the cheating cases, in which high-scoring students for other students.

This will, of course, make the process of actually taking these somewhat overrated examinations much more nerve-wracking for students. But at least no one in the admissions office will let in some kid with a slightly lower score than the one he sent in. Because that’s really important.

This comes about after authorities arrested twenty Long Island teenagers last fall. Apparently 15 of those students were accused of paying $500 to $3,600 to the other five (higher-scoring) students to take the SATs or ACTs for them.

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer