Question Of The Day: '60 Minutes' SAT Scandal Coverage

Did you see the program? What did you think?

On Sunday, "60 Minutes" featured "The Perfect Score: Cheating on the SAT," covering the recent stories that rocked . The program included interviews with Sam Eshaghoff, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Educational Testing Service President Kurt Landgraf.

If you missed the episode, see the full interview here

The interview examined the integrity and security of the SAT and how easy some say it is for a person to take the test for another. It also pointed to a system of brokers connecting buyers and sellers of test-taking services.

According to "60 Minutes," Eshaghoff will tutor low-income students on taking the SAT, as part of a plea deal.

"We know there are kids in college right now who got where they are because of tests that someone else took and there's nothing that we can do about it," Rice told "60 Minutes." "If that doesn't tell you that the system has to change, I don't know what does."

Did you watch the episode? Did any of it surprise you?

Ben January 04, 2012 at 11:06 PM
@ Terri H. The SAT is not a difficult test. There is nothing wrong with the SAT. This test illustrates a students aptitude so he or she may be placed appropriatly it is a multiple choice test the student who masters the skill of the process of elimination does well.
Bob Shane January 04, 2012 at 11:33 PM
The first thing that came to my mind was why would an otherwise smart kid go on "60 Minutes" -- with no benefit to him at all -- and, perhaps, compromise his plea deal in the process?
vinny dinussi January 05, 2012 at 07:08 PM
If the kids who do poorly on the SATs also do poorly in college, there's the connection that suggests the test is valid if not perfect in determing future performance. I know it's difficult for parents to accept this, but not all kids are college material and the idea that everyone deserves and is entitled to a college education is nonsense. Society needs to maintain a culture based on meritocracy if it wants to endure, not some utopian view that everyone is equal therefore everyone should share equally.
Terri H. January 06, 2012 at 02:35 AM
@ Ben - I am not judging the difficulty (or lack thereof) of the test, I am saying that the future of these kids is being judged by a snapshot. My children all did very well on the SAT's so my comments are not "sour grapes". I think you need more than a millisecond to form an opinion of someone and decide their future.
vinny dinussi January 16, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Terri, the test doesn't decide their future. Their future is decided by them and them alone. Life isn't fair. Judging means some win and some don't. It's true in sports and it's true in life. A low score doesn't mean they're denied a college education, although in some cases, I'm sure it should.


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