black teen faces cheating allegations for sat score

January 4, 2019
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Kamilah Campbell, a senior at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High in Miami, is at the center of an SAT “scandal” that won’t just quit. Not sayin’ it’s because she’s a Black girl or anything… but, here’s the scoop. Campbell, like many to most high school students, had retaken the SAT in hopes to bring up her points and appeal to a broader spectrum of colleges. As an honors student, the college she had her sights set on required that she raise her score by some 300 points. Campbell studied hard, came back, and did that. But ETS, the company that administers the SAT, responded the student’s hard work by flagging her results until further notice.

“She was told her score was flagged because such a marked improvement indicated that she likely had ‘prior knowledge’ of the test or had otherwise cheated,” said Attorney Benjamin Crump. Fast-forward to Dec. 19, Campbell found out that her score was being invalidated altogether. The later she received read in part, “based on a preliminary review, there appears to be substantial evidence that your scores on the October 6, 2018 SAT are invalid as a result of a substantial agreement between your answers on one or more scores sections of the test and those of other test-takers.”

Campbell and her family aren’t having it though. The family has hired some serious legal representation and they are fighting claims that anything other than hard work is responsible for Campbell’s improved test scores. “Between then and October she practiced diligently, working with her teachers, receiving tutoring, and regularly accessing the preparatory resources of Khan Academy,” Crump’s office said.