Education A National Roundup

Lawsuit Over SAT Mistakes Planned Against College Board

By Alyson Klein — April 18, 2006 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

A New York high school student who received a lower score on the SAT because of errors in grading the October 2005 test plans to sue the College Board, the sponsor of the exam, and Pearson Educational Measurement, the company that scored it, lawyers say.

The student is represented by three Minnesota-based law firms, which are pursuing a class action on behalf of all students who took the college-entrance test last October. The firms, Larson King, Zimmerman Reed, and McSweeny & Fay, have already successfully settled in a case against Pearson involving incorrect scoring on a Minnesota state test

Lawyers from the firms, who said they planned to file the suit in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, contend that the incorrect scoring amounted to negligence and a breach of contract, since the students took the test with the understanding that it would be scored accurately. They are planning to ask the College Board to refund registration fees for all students who took that month’s exam, since the SAT is partially scored on a curve, and incorrect scoring could affect all test-takers, according to Gordon Rudd, a lawyer for Zimmerman Reed. In addition, the lawyers plan to request unspecified damages for all 4,000 students whose tests were scored inaccurately low, Mr. Rudd said.

Brian P. O’Reilly, a spokesman for the College Board, a New York City-based nonprofit group, said the organization may revisit its policies regarding how it handles inaccurate scores.

However, officials from the College Board and Pearson, a for-profit company based in Iowa City, Iowa, declined to comment on the planned lawsuit.

Events

Jobs Virtual Career Fair for Teachers and K-12 Staff
Find teaching jobs and other jobs in K-12 education at the EdWeek Top School Jobs virtual career fair.
English-Language Learners Webinar English Learners and the Science of Reading: What Works in the Classroom
ELs & emergent bilinguals deserve the best reading instruction! The Reading League & NCEL join forces on best practices. Learn more in our webinar with both organizations.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
Challenging the Stigma: Emotions and STEM
STEM isn't just equations and logic. Join this webinar and discover how emotions fuel innovation, creativity, & problem-solving in STEM!
Content provided by Project Lead The Way

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: February 7, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 31, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: January 17, 2024
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education In Their Own Words The Stories That Stuck With Us, 2023 Edition
Our newsroom selected five stories as among the highlights of our work. Here's why.
4 min read
102523 IMSE Reading BS
Adria Malcolm for Education Week