High school students around the country are demanding that the College Board rescore the results of the SAT exam that was given in June after the scores came in lower than expected.
Many students who took the SAT exam in June were surprised Wednesday to get back results that they thought were inaccurate because the score was lower than they thought. The College Board, which administers the SAT, told students that because versions of the exam given on different dates are easier than others, they use a statistical process called “equating” to grade the answers on a curve.
“Equating makes sure that a score for a test taken on one date is equivalent to a score from another date,” the College Board tweeted Thursday morning. “So, for example, a single incorrect answer on one administration could equal two or three incorrect answers on a more difficult version. The equating process ensures fairness for all students.”
The College Board’s response didn’t satisfy families who are using the results as part of the college application process. Students and parents took their complaints to social media with the hashtag #rescoreJuneSAT picking up momentum on Twitter.
“I, along with thousands of other high school students have been cheated out of a rightful SAT score given the College Board’s decision to harshly curve down the June 2018 SAT test,” tweeted Campbell Taylor, a Florida high school student. “We deserve a true score and for our tests to be reconsidered under a FAIR scale. #rescoreJuneSAT”
A recurring complaint has been that the scores were lower on the June exam even though students got fewer questions wrong than on prior administrations of the test.
“My son got 77.6% of the math questions correct on the December 2017 SAT and 89.7% correct in June 2018 — an improvement of 12% — yet got the SAME math score on both tests,” tweeted Eric Brock, a parent from Texas. “That’s a pretty harsh curve. #rescoreJuneSAT”
The controversy comes at a challenging time for the College Board, which has seen the SAT lose ground to the rival ACT exam.
In North Carolina for instance, participation in the SAT exam has dropped to 44 percent of high school seniors since all students take the ACT exam for free. Students have to pay to take the SAT.