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By Studyguy346 (Studyguy346) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 06:36 pm: Edit

Has anyone heard anything new about what they're doing about the situation with SATs in Long Island? Will it affect everyone else's scores from being released?

Normally, when should scores be online? Thurs or Friday afternoon?

By Studyguy346 (Studyguy346) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 07:41 pm: Edit


By Gmf05 (Gmf05) on Wednesday, April 07, 2004 - 08:06 pm: Edit

Scores should be online tomorrow afternoon. I think that only some high schools in New York are being affected by this. If you're not in the Long Island area or in New York altogether then it seems you will still receive scores on time. Though there's really no telling for sure.

By Sulskman (Sulskman) on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 01:56 pm: Edit

here is the latest:

Sued over SAT leak
Firm warns that scores for hundreds on LI could be canceled as it accuses math tutor of copyright infringement for copied tests


April 8, 2004

Warning that a SAT security breach could result in score cancellations for hundreds of Long Island students, exam sponsors have charged copyright infringement by a former Jericho teacher who allegedly provided teens with questions that later appeared on a March 27 test.

A civil lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn this week charges that ex-teacher Richard Andres unlawfully distributed an entire SAT math section to students from Jericho, Roslyn and Great Neck whom he privately tutored for fees of up to $200 an hour. Each year, ETS releases four SATs for publication, while keeping other versions secret so questions can be recycled.

The security breach was discovered when several students reported that math questions, allegedly copied from an unpublished June 2003 exam, were identical to those used in last month's test.

Chiara Coletti, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan-based College Board, which sponsors the SAT, said investigators were trying to wrap up their probe as quickly as possible, so students can be told if scores will be canceled. Scores across most of the country are to be released tomorrow, but Jericho Superintendent Henry Grishman said results in Jericho and other affected districts would be withheld until the investigation is completed. Coletti could not say how long the probe will take.

"Hopefully, the number [of cancellations] will be very small and limited to a rather small geographical area," Coletti said.

The March 27 college-entrance exam was taken by 350,000 students nationwide, and 20,000 in New York State.

According to court papers, Andres distributed SAT forms to eight students from Jericho, one from Great Neck and one from Roslyn. The papers add, however, that the breach could threaten cancellation of results for hundreds, if not thousands of students, due to the difficulty of determining precisely how far disclosures have spread.

Andres, reached by phone yesterday at his Flushing home, declined to comment on the charges. He referred questions to an attorney, Joseph Ryan, who was in court yesterday and could not be reached for comment.

Andres taught calculus and other math courses at Jericho High School for more than 30 years before retiring in 1999, and is the author of a widely used SAT prep handbook.

The College Board lawsuit charges that Andres attempted to destroy evidence, once the security breach was discovered, by offering students hundreds of dollars to return copied exams, then dumping the tests in the trash. Court papers also accuse the tutor of refusing to provide investigators with names of student clients, or to show them testing materials he allegedly kept in the basement office of his Flushing home.

While some students did return exam questions to Andres, court papers note that it was students themselves who stepped forward as whistle-blowers in reporting the breach.

"Our kids did come forward initially in their honesty to report the incident both to us and to ETS ... in that sense of honesty and forthrightness, our kids did the right thing," said Grishman .

Names of students involved have not been released by either the district or the testing service.

Court papers also identify Andres as a former SAT exam proctor. However, Jericho High School officials say their records show Andres hadn't served as an SAT proctor or supervisor there in at least the past 15 years. Andres told one district official that he obtained the test from two students in Queens, according to the lawsuit.

About 80 Jericho students took the latest exam, according to Grishman. He added that the district has encouraged students to sign up for the May and June SAT exams, and has petitioned test administrators to hold a make-up examination on April 24 should the March 27 scores be invalidated. District officials in Great Neck and Roslyn could not be reached for comment.

Test sponsors are seeking monetary damages from Andres, for allegedly leaking part of an exam that was not to be disclosed.

In 1987, in another copyright case, ETS reached a $52,000 settlement with the Princeton Review tutoring chain, after accusing the firm of using questions stolen by students. Princeton Review never admitted wrongdoing in that case.
Copyright © 2004, Newsday, Inc.

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