Readers of Education Realist won’t be surprised, but Reuters has a big report on SAT cheating by Tiger Mothers and their cubs.
By Renee Dudley, Steve Stecklow, Alexandra Harney and Irene Jay Liu
Filed March 28, 2016, 5:54 p.m. GMT
Internal documents show that the U.S. college entrance exam has been compromised in Asia far more often than acknowledged. And the newly redesigned SAT retains a key vulnerability that the test-prep industry has exploited for years.
… Ding’s advance look at material from the test he took was no fluke. His cram school is part of a vibrant Asian industry that systematically exploits security shortcomings in the SAT. Chief among them is a vulnerability created by the owner of the exam: the routine practice of reusing material from tests that already have been given.
The College Board, the not-for-profit organization that owns the SAT, has acknowledged widespread problems with test security in Asia in recent years. Since October 2014, the New York-based organization has delayed issuing scores in Asia six times and canceled an exam sitting in two locations there – steps the College Board takes when it has evidence that test material has been exposed to the public.
But the breakdown in security is more pervasive than the College Board has publicly disclosed, Reuters has found. In addition to the security-related incidents the College Board has announced, the news agency identified eight occasions since late 2013 in which test material was circulating online before the SAT was administered overseas.
The College Board gives SATs in America, and then gives the exact same tests later in East Asia. It’s almost as if the American higher education system is so addicted to full tuition-paying East Asian students that it wants this corrupt system to continue of having the SAT validate as worthy of admission rich Asian kids who don’t really speak English.