By Joan Murray


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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami-Dade Branch of the NAACP is demanding the release of the SAT scores of a Michael M. Krop Senior High senior who is accused of cheating on her SAT because test officials say that her score was “Too Improved” to be hers.

Kamilah Campbell, 18, is an honors student at the school with a 3.1 GPA.

Campbell took the SAT in March 2018 with no preparation to get a baseline test score. She scored a 900 out of 1600 on her first attempt.

Campbell enrolled in an online test prep service and studied under tutors. In October, she retook the SAT and scored 1230, however she was told her score had been flagged because of her marked improvement.

The Educational Testing Service (EST), which administers the SAT, then refused to validate or release the test scores.

“We stand in solidarity with Kamilah and her mother,” said Ruban Roberts, president of the Miami-Dade chapter of the NAACP. “The Miami-Dade branch of the NAACP, as well as our Florida state conference, will be doing its own investigation into this matter. This is not something new, we’ve had these issues before, and we are very concerned about the process of how these cases are identified.”

“The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, when they take a position, it means a world of difference in getting people to acknowledge wrongdoing, especially based on their historical significance in the United States of America,” said Campbell’s attorney Benjamin Crump.

Congresswoman Frederika Wilson said she’s disappointed that Campbell’s score was challenged.

“The College Board, however, is challenging her score and has suggested that Kamilah may have cheated. It claims to “celebrate when students work hard and improve their scores on the SAT,” yet instead of celebrating Kamilah, it is creating a perception that perhaps she’s done something wrong, which is preventing her from pursuing scholarship opportunities,” said Rep. Frederika Wilson in a statement.

“I fully intend to look into this matter, but I am very concerned that this incident may send the wrong message to young people, especially those who need more incentive and support than Kamilah to push themselves to excel in school and pursue higher education,” she added.

Crump is demanding that the EST release and validate her score within 2 weeks, so she has a fair chance in the college application process.

If the demands aren’t met in the timeline, Crump said they’ll take legal action which includes citing a violation of Campbell’s civil rights.

In a written response Friday, The College Board which administers standardized tests said the following:

As a not-for-profit mission-driven organization, the College Board is committed to increasing access to college for students from all backgrounds. The College Board celebrates score gains by students who work hard and have dedicated scholarships for students who improve. We created Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to give all students the chance to receive free, personalized practice. We are proud of research that shows that students who spent 20 hours on Official SAT Practice gained an average of 115 points between the PSAT/NMSQT and the SAT. These gains were consistent across race, income and gender.

We hope that what follows clarify some of the aspects of the process that we are forced to follow when we see concerning evidence around scores.

1. Student scores are never held or cancelled simply because of score gains. 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.

We give the benefit of the doubt to the student and we never hold or cancel scores unless there is strong evidence that the scores are invalid.

2. Here are the types of evidence that can prompt score review or suggest invalidity.

A student’s answer sheet resembles not only another student’s, but a group of students who have very similar answers, including the same wrong answers.

The same group includes students whose scores have been canceled for irregularities in the past.

The group of students’ answers match not only one another, but an answer key or “cheat sheet” that has been found circulating among students.

There is an absence of any scratch work in the testing booklet.

Each of these factors and other similar evidence are rare. In combination, they are extremely rare and establish a very strong pattern.

3. Any student can confirm their original score by promptly taking a retest, and the student only needs to score within the range of the original score. For
example, in many cases, if a student scores within 120-150 points in both the Reading and Math sections, the student can confirm their original score.

We would prefer never to have to hold or cancel scores, but we must hold students to certain standards to ensure that all students have a fair chance to show
their best work and that the scores we deliver to colleges are valid.

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