Kamilah Campbell wants to go to Florida State University and major in dance. She has a 3.1 grade point average and a lifetime of dance experience.Which explanation seems the least likely?
But after getting her score from the SAT after her first try -- a 900 -- Campbell decided she needed to do better. Her mom got her a tutor, she took online classes and she got a copy of a The Princeton Review prep book.
Seven months later, in October, the high school senior from Miami Gardens, Florida, took the test again.
Later, when she got an envelope in the mail from the testing company, she was shocked when she opened it.
It was a letter. Not results.
"We are writing to you because based on a preliminary review, there appears to be substantial evidence that your scores ... are invalid," it said. "Our preliminary concerns are based on substantial agreement between your answers on one or more scored sections of the test and those of other test takers. The anomalies noted above raise concerns about the validity of your scores."
1) A statistical analysis of her answers showed anomalies that were flagged.
2) She cheated on the test.
3) The College Board has it in for this one black student.
Wait, what? How did this become an issue of race, you might ask? Here's how:
Prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, a Florida State graduate, got involved when other FSU alums asked him to help. He is steering Campbell and her mother through the process of demanding The College Board validate her score in time for her to be accepted into the Florida State dance program. (boldface mine--Darren)So, back to my three explanations. Which one seems the least likely?
This story is a little more militant right out of the gate. It describes Kamilah as an "honors student". An honors student who scored 900 on the SAT, and on her second try scored 1230. Still seems a bit low for an "honors student".
And an attorney should know better than to make remarks as stupid as these:
Crump said ETS violated Kamilah’s constitutional right to be considered innocent until proved guilty and denied Kamilah due process. In order to take the SAT, Kamilah had no choice but to agree to arbitration in the event of a dispute and forgo her right to a court hearing, according to a press release. ETS gave Campbell two options: abandon the higher score or retake the test and score within six points of it.When I read that, it seems clear that Kamilah and her attorney are just playing the race card. The College Board may be right, or it may be wrong, but it's not acting unconstitutionally. Sheesh.
Campbell, her family and Crump are demanding the score be released within two weeks. If ETS does not release the score, Crump said the family will explore every possible legal remedy.