A note to our members regarding today’s Reuters articles
A note to our members regarding today’s Reuters articlesThe College Board
Today, Reuters published two stories about international test security, focused on the College Board.
We agree that the challenges of test security internationally are escalating. Like many technology and publishing companies who are protecting patents and copyrights, we’re facing cartel-like companies in China and other countries that will stop at nothing to enrich themselves. These bad actors will continue to lie, cheat, and steal to the detriment of students who work hard and play by the rules.
The College Board is not perfect; we did our best with the information we had at the time. We can and should do more. In fact, we have recently taken more aggressive actions to secure the exam internationally, including canceling an administration in China. We continue to balance widening access with protecting the exam. We recently refused entry to the first administration of the redesigned SAT to a number of high-risk registrants — many of whom make a living violating security protocols. In the future, we will need to do even more.
We have been working with Reuters on these stories since summer 2015. During that period, we’ve made College Board leadership available for multiple interviews and shared more details about test security than we’ve provided any other news organization. We’ve been transparent with Reuters in an effort to make sure its readers better understand all that we do to protect the integrity of the SAT internationally and ensure the validity of the test scores we report. In the spirit of full transparency, we are sharing here the detailed letter we sent to Reuters with the facts of our decision-making.
Even as we recognize where we need to do more, we are so proud of the new SAT and its impact on students. This is a time of remarkable, positive change for our century-old organization. In early March, more than 460,000 students took the redesigned SAT, which better reflects what students are learning in the classroom and connects them with distinct opportunities such as free practice tools and college application fee waivers.
We are especially grateful to Cyndie Schmeiser and Stacy Caldwell for leading the successful transition to the redesigned SAT. We should all be proud of the very real impact we are having on the lives of students.
We will continue to work with our members to expand educational opportunities for students everywhere in the world while doing all that we can to protect those students from the bad actors who lie, cheat, and steal for personal gain.