In response to theft and organized cheating, which affect all high stakes testing, we have significantly increased our test security efforts and resources. This is a persistent problem, but one that we are making progress in combating.
We are reviewing the complaint and will respond accordingly. Our focus remains on reinforcing our comprehensive approach to test security.
In recent years, we have bolstered our security efforts by adding to our test security team, and their expertise has led to innovations in preventing and combating cheating. Efforts include producing more test content, banning and collecting cell phones, employing lock boxes, conducting new data-driven analyses of test taker behaviors, and enhancing security measures at test centers. After every test administration, we take additional quality control steps before scores are released, including conducting comprehensive statistical analyses of certain test scores.
If we determine students have gained an unfair advantage, we will take appropriate actions, including cancelling test scores and, in some cases, prohibiting them from taking another College Board assessment. In all our efforts, we’ve worked to strike a balance between thwarting those few students seeking an unfair advantage and providing testing opportunities for the vast majority of students who play by the rules. We’re doing more today than ever to ensure the test scores we report to colleges are accurate and valid.