New Rules Target SAT Cheaters

March 28, 2012 by staff 

New Rules Target SAT Cheaters, New security measures to prevent cheating on the SAT and ACT college entrance exams were announced Tuesday, including a requirement that students submit a photo of themselves when they sign up for the tests.
The measures are in response to a massive cheating scandal on Long Island last year, which is why the improved rules were announced at a news conference in Nassau County, New York, CNN reported.

“A photo ID simply won’t work to game the system anymore,” said Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, who is overseeing the investigation into the Long Island cheating scandal.

Starting in September, students will have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the exams. That head shot of the student will be printed on the student’s test admission ticket and on the roster given to the proctors of the exams. Before the test, the administrators will cross reference the submitted photo with a photo ID as well as with the person taking the test. The students’ photos will continue to be verified during breaks and when the tests are handed in.

Stringent photo checking is one of the precautions taken by the two companies that administer the tests, the College Board and ACT Inc., who agreed to the new measures.

“I believe these reforms, and many others which are happening behind the scenes, will prevent the kind of cheating that our investigation uncovered and give high schools and colleges the tools they need to identify those who try to cheat,” Rice told the Associated Press.

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