Florida Teen Accused Of Cheating by Educational Testing Officials After Her SAT Scores Improved
“They said there’s no way I can improve from a 900 to a high score like this,” Campbell stated.
January 02, 2019 at 3:25 pm
A Florida teen's dramatic increase in test scores is being questioned by officials at The College Board.
The Philadelphia Tribune reports Kamilah Campbell, who originally earned a 900 on her SAT's during her junior year, boasted a new score of over 1200 when she retook the exam on October 6. The 300-point jump led the testing service to cite abnormalities and withhold her updated results while they reviewed the case.
The Miami Gardens native, who hailed a 3.1 GPA, missed Florida State University's January 1 summer term deadline due to the investigation, which can take upwards of six weeks.
“They said there’s no way I can improve from a 900 to a high score like this,” Campbell stated. “They are saying I had to either cheat or have prior knowledge to the test.”
In a statement sent to Blavity, a representative for The College Board stated the nonprofit organization doesn't withhold testing scores without compelling reason.
"We give the benefit of the doubt to the student and we never hold or cancel scores unless there is very strong evidence. We do our best to honor the work students do and ensure we have all the evidence that should inform decisions about score reviews," a representative for the non-profit organization stated.
"Score reviews are triggered by a range of factors that cast doubt on the validity of a score. We follow the same process for reviewing scores for all students; race, ethnicity, or any other personal attributes have no role in this process," the statement continued. "Let us be more than clear. We celebrate score gains by students and have dedicated scholarships for students who improve. We have released data to the public celebrating score gains from students of all backgrounds."
CBS Miami news anchor France Wang shared a tweet explaining that civil rights and personal injury attorney Benjamin Crump will represent the 18-year-old in efforts to refute the allegations of cheating.
"Benjamin Crump (
@AttorneyCrump) is representing Miami Gardens teen Kamilah Campbell. Her SAT test scores were flagged because of a major improvement & she has now missed the deadline to apply to her #1 college, @floridastate. @CBSMiami," Wang wrote.
Benjamin Crump (@AttorneyCrump) is representing Miami Gardens teen Kamilah Campbell.
— Frances Wang (@FrancesWangTV) January 2, 2019
The law group also released a media advisory on Twitter announcing a news conference that was held earlier on Wednesday and issuing a letter demanding the release of Campbell's SAT record.
"Today at 10:30 AM ET:
@AttorneyCrump & Family of Kamilah Campbell to Hold News Conference, Issuing Letter Demanding Release of her SAT Score by Educational Testing Service," the post read.
— Ben Crump Law, PLLC (@BenCrumpLaw) January 2, 2019
The Miami Times reported that Campbell employed a rigorous study routine to improve her original score including attending test prep from Khan Academy five hours per week. The letter claims the Educational Testing Service considers the progress as "too improved."
“Other kids that jump from low score to high scores do not have their scores flagged, so what makes me different?” she said. “I worked so hard to make myself better, and now I am being penalized. What kind of lesson are you trying to teach me?”
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