Student Achievement

How Will SAT and ACT Security Changes Affect Student-Athletes?

By Bryan Toporek — March 28, 2012 1 min read

Earlier this week, my colleague Caralee Adams reported that students taking the SAT and ACT will be going through stricter security measures starting this fall in hopes of cutting back on cheating.

Given the sports background of this blog, and this author’s not-so-secret obsession with the National Basketball Association, my mind immediately jumped back to Chicago Bulls star and reigning league MVP Derrick Rose, who allegedly had someone else take his SAT, according to the NCAA.

Students will now be required to submit a current photo (digital or print) when registering for the tests, which will appear on the admissions ticket for the testing site, according to Caralee. This, in theory, will cut down on the number of students who have others take their SATs and ACTs for them—which allegedly happened in Rose’s case.

The Educational Testing Service sent Rose letters in March and April of 2008—in the midst of his run to the NCAA tournament championship game with the University of Memphis—informing Rose that his eligibility was “in serious jeopardy” due to his SAT score, according to a report issued by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions.

The only address ETS had on file for Rose was his home address in Illinois, according to the Associated Press. Rose did not respond to the letters and was declared retroactively ineligible after playing the whole season, forcing Memphis to vacate its 38-2 season—the most successful in school history.

With the changes announced by the College Board and ACT this week, cheating scandals similar to Rose’s alleged infraction, on the surface, sound much more difficult to pull off.

“Using a digitized photo closes the barn door,” said Robert A. Schaeffer, public education director at FairTest, to the

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Schooled in Sports blog.