Massive cheating scheme for elite college admissions, via ACT testing and fake athletic recruiting

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  1. Tbpxece

    Tbpxece Member

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    Oh, it's fair-- those kids have deal with being nerds, while your son doesn't. :)

    I got mostly straight A's in HS without studying. That "advantage" disappeared completely when I got to college and learned I had no idea how to study effectively (or really at all).

    All actresses may not be bright, but Bright is definitely an actress.
     
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  2. Humey

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    My younger son has a friend from elementary school and we are friends with the parents. Mother went to Columbia. Father went to an Ivy League school. Older son, was a National Honor Society member, played high school football, was accepted to colleges he never applied to and then went to an Ivy. Younger son also accepted to the same Ivy. While I wont deny they worked for their acheivement, they won the DNA lottery. Having said that, their personal lives, not so hot. Sometimes I think they are too smart for their own good
     
  3. candide72

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    Don’t quote me on this but when I spent time in school in Germany they talked about having a similar vocational type path for students based on a test in like fourth grade.
     
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    NavyHoops Super Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Duffeblog is a military satire site. It’s like the Onion.
     
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    LOL! When I was reading it I thought, “This almost reads like the Onion,”. Glad my satire meter isn’t quite at zero.
     
  7. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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    I just read that a large number of Marines were arrested in a scam involving them cheating on the ASVAB. Apparently the mastermind charged five dollars to manipulate scores so under qualified recruits could get in.
     
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    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    ^--

    Speshul Merine ASVAB

    Pick the best answer:

    The Red Crayon is:
    1. Smart
    2. Wealthy
    3. Tasty
     
  9. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Clearly the answer is #3, though there are some shades of red that I'm not keen on.
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    @kinnem There is an entire menu of red hue crayons available for your perusal. You could host a crayon-tasting.
    https://www.crayola.com/explore-colors/red.aspx

    I apologize for diving into the crayon rabbit hole in this very serious thread.
    The scale and variety of the outcome-changing actions boggles my mind, as well as the money that changed hands.
     
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  11. Wishful

    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    #4: All of the above!
     
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  12. Devil Doc

    Devil Doc Teufel Doc

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  13. boatsfordays

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    I would really be interested in a reply from the standardized testing authorities. That was the biggest deal for me. We understood the importance of those test scores on WCS during the academy application process. My mid spent countless hours in their free test preps and I mean countless. I would say he easily spent 500+ hours 9-12 grades doing those test preps. SAT and ACT make it seem like it’s impossible to cheat on those and even refused a kid from our school the ability to take a test because he wore a hat in his ticket photo. Now, I find out that if you’ve got the golden ticket and special snowflake card then you can pay to play with SAT and ACT? Not cool.

    Makes me even more proud of the kids who get there through hard work and sacrifice.
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    @boatsfordays The paid a proctor. The SAT/ACT organization as a whole seem to have been unaware of this. One corrupt individual vs a corrupt organization.
     
  15. justdoit19

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    Completely agree with you. As I understand (and I’m only an observer in the cheap seats, to be clear), one way it was done was by having the child diagnosed with a MD to have testing anxiety. Which allows the child to test separately from others (a private room) with unlimited time.

    To pull off all these frauds, there has to be at least two conspirators.

    Coaches
    Assistant AD’s
    SAT/ACT admin’s
    Parents
    Test taker Mark Russell
    Ring leader Rick Singer

    Amazing.

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&sou...aw0Tq56-ckydr0waMhqcSMB_&ust=1553192252253071


    I wonder if having to provide transcripts to test would make sense? I guess this is also looked into at the college application level. I would think that if a student needs help with scoring well on a standardized test, they may not have the academic resume to support great standardized test scores. Also, it could be that a student isn’t a good standardized test taker. Maybe it’s too subjective to be helpful. Reading this article makes me second guess my opinion that this type of thing couldn’t get it ugly tentacles into a SA application process....
     
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  16. Magna Venari

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    When we picked my daughter up from AIM, my husband asked how many kids dropped or were sent home. She said one kid had no idea about the program, did not want to be there and left. His parents filled out the application, wrote the essays, all of it without even telling him until a little while before he was supposed to leave.

    She was absolutely disgusted, but glad the kid admitted he didn't do any of the work to get there and left.
     
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    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    @justdoit19 You don't need all of those people at the start, you start small. Forget "helicopter" or "snowplow" parenting, I'm talking about a RICO-type conspiracy. You only need the MD to provide the school district with a diagnosis that requires state-mandated "accommodations." The school will then have to provide extra time, one-on-one teaching, quiet room, etc. This sets up the opportunity for their child to raise their GPA as well as SAT/ACT test scores in their HS. In senior year after all SAT/ACT test taken, the child no longer needs the special treatment (cured??o_O) & the special treatment is ended with it's removal from the academic record as if it never occurred. This strategy was explained to me by a parent when I ran for the school board. If that unfair advantage is not enough, the private proctoring service taken down by the FBI would be Plan B. All this of course is in no way to pass judgement on those parents/students who have a legitimate condition for which the state mandated procedures were put in place for.

    DS was in Middle School when he began having academic issues. We paid for a 504 test (mistake, the school is required to pay for it) & had a mandated hearing at the school. He didn't need any of the accommodations listed above, he needed more structure as he was scattered. DS was fine in elementary with 1 teacher in 1 room all day but was all over the place in middle school, different teachers/rooms throughout the day. Well needless to say, DW & I have the distinction of probably one of the only parents whose child was denied a 504 accommodation in this BS North Shore town! For more structure only...not anything else...he didn't need more test time..he has a near photographic memory so he either knew it on test day, or not. More time never mattered for him. The parents who defraud the school district of resources for their child who does not need it are committing a crime & since the school district accepts federal funds, it's a federal crime. Doubtful? Ask the Massachusetts State Police who submitted traffic summonses written on straight time as written on overtime which was never worked. That's stealing OT. The PD takes federal funds hence federal jurisdiction. The US Mass. Attorney General's office is cleaning house with 1 entire troop disbanded. There's a reason the saying, "Make a federal case out of it" denotes a bad outcome.
     
  18. FutureAdademyDad?

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    Some people have always cheated, some are now cheating, and some will cheat in the future. Some people have, are, and will enable that cheating. That is just the way it has been, is now, and will be in the future. Welcome to the real world.
    However, that does not mean that it is an endemic problem, just that a smallish percentage of the population is afflicted with ethical dysfunction.
    The other reality us that, for the most part, few truly qualified third parties are adversely impacted by the cheating. Fringe candidates may be, and that is definitely regrettable. However, if you have the talent and put in the work, you will usually reap the rewards you deserve, regardless of the transgressions of those who compromise their integrity.
    This does not justify the lapses of the unethical; far from it. They deserve to be caught and punished. But don't use their weakness as an excuse to justify your own failures. If you fail, it normally has more to do with you, than with anyone else gaming the system.
     
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