For the third time in two weeks, the College Board has re-stated the unbelievably high number of mistakes it made in grading SAT test scores. During this time, the Board has issued false or incorrect information, confused anyone and everyone trying to make sense of what happened, and did huge damage to their credibility in the process.
As the parent of a high school senior, I can tell you the SAT scores are critically important. In fact, it’s not an exageration to say that our kid’s futures are, in part, influenced by the scores when a single point higher or lower could be the difference between an applicant’s being accepted or rejected.
So, when you read that some 4,400 test results were either reported as too high or too low, it makes you cringe. It also makes you start to wonder whether this is just the tip of the iceberg with the College Board mistakes. Are these just the latest mistakes? Or, are they the only ones to have seen the light of day? Has this been going on for years? Have incorrect scores hindered some kids and helped others? It boggles the mind.
But, what really boggles the mind is the College Board’s matter-of-fact handling of the crisis and its haughty decision not to make any refunds or adjust the costs downward for the next round of tests. This inability to acknowledge fault is a sad, but pervasive, fact of life in today’s society and can be found everywhere, including 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
So, speaking on behalf of all the parents and kids who depend on the College Board for accuracy, I’d like to pass along the Board’s final grades for the marking period:
Quality: F; Accuracy: F; Honesty: F; Humility: F-