Friday, November 11, 2011
North Shore Hebrew Academy Added To List Of Schools With Students Involved In SAT Cheating Scandal
Long Island, NY - Two students at a Great Neck yeshiva are suspected of paying someone smarter to take their SAT tests, according to a ballooning probe that has ensnared 35 kids at five Long Island high schools, sources told The Post.
North Shore Hebrew Academy HS Principal Dr. Daniel Vitow said officials have subpoenaed the SAT records of two former students, one of whom ended up enrolling at NYU.
He said that because of the small school’s familiarity with its students, he’s certain the surrogates took the exam at another high school—an option he believes makes it easier to pull off impersonations.
“The problem is, the kids can go to any test center,” he told The Post. “The solution is simple—take the SAT in your own school.”
Vitow said a 2010 graduate had recorded a 270-point boost on two sections combined—out of 1600 points possible—in his second crack at the high-stakes exam.
A 2009 graduate who took the exam four times saw his scores rollercoaster from one sitting to the next—and ultimately netted just 90 additional points for his efforts.
“This kid didn’t get his money’s worth,” Vitow quipped. “He deserves a refund.”
He added that he was “clearly disappointed” with the graduates.
The growing probe is targeting students at two other private schools and two public schools, and includes kids suspected of hiring surrogate test-takers for the ACT exam, according to Nassau DA Kathleen Rice’s office.
Students who paid others to take the exams, who took the tests for others, or who furnished the false identification are all expected to be arrested, although officials couldn’t say when.