View Full Version : All NYC Scores of SAT Taken at Brooklyn's Packer Collegiate Institute Are Invalidated

05-17-2012, 08:11 AM
From N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/17/nyregion/scores-of-sat-taken-at-packer-collegiate-institute-are-invalidated.html) by Jenny Anderson:
Nearly 200 students who took the SAT at a Brooklyn private school this month had their scores invalidated by the company that administers the test, apparently because some students were seated too closely together, school officials said Wednesday.

The decision enraged administrators, students and parents at the school, Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, who said they were being punished for a technicality. Students who needed the results for their college applications will have to take a new test, at no cost.

“We are disciplining the people responsible for the administration of the test and making sure these adjustments are made,” said Bruce Dennis, the head of Packer. “But all of that could have been done without invalidating the test. To do this to 200 kids is unconscionable.”

The Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT on behalf of the College Board, confirmed that 199 scores from the exam were canceled after an audit of the testing site, but declined to say why. Mr. Dennis said the school’s E.T.S. liaison was told by the company that some of the students had been too close together; they were supposed to be at least four feet apart.

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