The SAT Cheating

Apparently there are a number of students involved in that Long Island SAT cheating scandal. According to an Associated Press piece in the Washington Post:

Michael Pomerantz, 18, and an unidentified teenager turned themselves into Nassau County prosecutors before being taken to district court for arraignment. Pomerantz is one of five current or former students at Great Neck-area public and private high schools charged with accepting payments of between $500 and $3,600 to impersonate other students on SAT and ACT college entrance exams.

Pomerantz was facing felony charges including scheming to defraud, falsifying business records and criminal impersonation. He was expected to plead not guilty and was to be released without bail. His attorney did not immediately respond to a call for comment.

Note what the crime part is. Cheating on the SAT, or even filling out someone else’s name on the SAT, is not actually a crime. The SAT is not a government institution; cheating on it is not illegal.

The Educational Testing Service, which administers the SAT, has apparently retained former FBI director Louis Freeh to “offer recommendations on enhanced security.”

Louis Freeh? This seems a little like if the Miss America organization decided to retain the former national security because a judge found out some contestants cheated on the talent portion of the Idaho beauty pageant.

This is really not all that important.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer