- This is the 9th in the Soon to be Award Winning Series of “XXXX” While Black in America”. Previous editions documented “Baby Sitting While Black”, “Black and Living in a Luxury Condo”, “Gardening While Black”, “Cashing a Check While Black”, “Wrestling While Black”, “Calling While Black”, “Waiting for AAA While Black” and “Eating Yogurt While Black”
- In this edition, “Taking SAT While Black”, a Black Student claims she was accused of cheating on SAT after her exam was held for review
A Black Florida high school honors student is fighting back after she says her SAT score was held for review following a Uuuuuuuuuuge increase from a test earlier this year.
Black Student, Kamilah Campbell, 18, is calling on the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which administers the SAT, to release her test so she can be considered by college admissions officers.
Black Student Campbell’s lawyer Ben Crump, said: ”ETS’s invalidation of Kamilah’s SAT scores has already had a significant negative impact on her and her family, causing extreme emotional pain and suffering, and threatening her future success.”
Crump went on: ”In concluding that the only way Kamilah could have improved her score so substantially was by cheating, ETS defamed Kamilah’s character and replaced what should have been appropriate and motivating pride with shame and confusion.”
Crump added in the letter that Campbell, a dancer, is looking to attend Florida State University and invalidating the score “has threatened her ability to pay for college by eliminating her consideration for a Bright Futures Scholarship.”
About two weeks after Campbell took the test on Oct. 6, she received a letter from ETS, a non-profit, saying her exam was flagged for review.
ETS officials told Campbell she scored 1,230, which is more than 300 points higher than when she took the SAT in March, the lawyer said. SAT scores range from 400 to 1,600.
Lawyer Crump said his client was told her score was flagged because that big of an improvement “indicated to ETS that she likely had ‘prior knowledge’ of the test.”
Black Student Campbell said she explained to ETS that when she took the SAT in March, she hadn’t prepared, so between March and the October exam, she worked hard to improve, using prep resources and working with tutors.
Of course, the ETS, comprised primarily of Old White Educators, claim that they are not racists. In a statement, the ETS stated: “We are consistent in our test security procedures for all students. We analyze multiple factors looking for evidence of score invalidity. The criteria we use in our test security efforts are not determined by race, ethnicity or any other personal attribute.”
Of course, citing privacy concerns, the ETS would not divulge how may students have been cited for cheating this cycle.
Knowing that she could not beat the Old White Man, Black Student Campbell retook the SAT.