Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The College Board Lied?

A lawsuit will find out:
Parent filed a federal class action suit today against the College Board, a ubiquitous student testing organization, for deceptively collecting and selling students’ confidential personal information.

While formally a not-for-profit, the College Board has approximately $1 billion in annual revenues each year and highly compensates its slew of executives, including its president who received over $1.5 million in 2017 compensation. Much of the revenues come from administering the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, PSAT 8/9 and Advanced Placement Exams (“AP”).

According to the suit, the College Board ramped up these revenues using deceptive practices to market a “Student Search Service” to test takers, falsely making it appear as if the service would assist them in getting into colleges and universities. However, “College Board’s true purpose in obtaining the personal information was to sell it to third party organizations in order to increase its already substantial revenues.”
I'm all for standardized testing--but not when individuals have to pay for it. I support state testing, but I'm no fan of AP tests, for example.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Private Standardize tests are horrible because they do not maintain confidential personal information.

Public Standardize tests are much better because they are by law having to maintain confidential personal information.