August 27, 2008
College Board sues a Texas-based SAT prep compnay
According to MSNBC, the College Board (the organization which runs SAT and PSAT tests) is suing a Texas-based test preparation company for illegally helping students by handing out old tests!
Read the whole article here or see the excerpt below.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Dallas, alleges that the Karen Dillard College Prep company got a copy of the PSAT administered last October from a Plano, Texas, high school principal whose brother works at the company.
The lawsuit brought by the New York-based College Board, alleging copyright infringement, could bring attention to the burgeoning test-prep industry, which some critics contend gives well-off students an unfair advantage on entrance exams.
According to the lawsuit, Novotny obtained a copy of the PSAT administered Oct. 17 from his brother, Michael Novotny, the principal of T.C. Jasper High School in Plano.
The SAT is administered seven times per year, and questions and portions of the exam are sometimes reused. The exams are considered “live” until they are officially retired. Test-site administrators are instructed to collect all test forms and lock them away.
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The lawsuit also claims the company sold or tried to sell some copyrighted materials to another test-prep company and even to unspecified Texas school districts.