Ah yes, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) – the right of passage and inbred fear of every high school student looking to go to college. Get a high score, and the choice of colleges open up for you. Get a low score, and the choice of colleges are more limited.
Because of the pressure associated with a good outcome of an SAT, students have resorted to cheating.
In New York, for example, students allegedly paid other people up to $3500 to take the SAT’s for them. The State Attorney General is looking into prosecuting at least 20 people for taking the tests under false pretenses.
While the investigation continues, the companies administer both the SAT and the ACT, the College Board and ACT Inc., have announced new security plans to safeguard the integrity of the tests and those taking them.
Under the new rules, they will have to submit head shots of themselves in advance with their test application. A copy of the photo will be printed on the admission ticket mailed to each student, and will also appear on the test site roster.
School administrators are “going to be able to compare the photo and the person who showed up and say that’s either John Doe or that’s not John Doe. They didn’t have the ability to do that before,” the district attorney said.
The photo will also be attached to the student’s scores, which, for the first time, will be sent to his or her high school, so that administrators and guidance counselors can see the pictures. Previously, test results were sent only to the student.
In short, this means that when you apply to take the tests, you have to send in a photo ID. When you take the test, before being admitted to the room, you have to show a photo ID that matches the ID you supplied to when you applied to take the test. Anytime you leave or re-enter the testing room, you have to show an ID that matches the one you sent in when you applied to take the test.
After the test, the results are sent to your high school, where people that know you will ensure the ID that you supplied when applying to take the test and during the test, is actually you. They will check your name and picture against your school record.
Sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it?
Yet what is at stake is the academic integrity of the schools, the tests, and the college entrance system. We believe that most people think that no one should be able to pay their way to a better test score, nor should anyone be allowed to take the test fraudulently.
The companies that administer the tests are taking the cases of fraud seriously as well they should.
We therefore wish to ask, “if these measures are taken to protect the integrity of the academic system and testing, why are people against requiring ID’s for voting?”
Why is it wrong to ask that people identify themselves when voting to insure the integrity of the election?
Fact of the matter is that it isn’t wrong. Protecting our right to vote and that the vote will be counted is a right the government must protect. It doesn’t matter how many cases are prosecuted. It doesn’t matter how many times liberals and Democrats are proven wrong on the amount of fraud in elections. We are a nation of laws. Our system of justice stands on the idea that it is better to let a guilty man go free than to convict him illegally. Using that logic, it is better to require ID’s at voting precincts to insure all people’s votes count, rather than risking one person being disenfranchised due to the fraud of others.
Voter ID laws protect people’s sacred right to vote. To dismiss that right because proven cases of votor fraud are allegedly “insignificant” or “not statistically significant” is morally and legally reprehensible.
The rights of the people – all people – must be diligently and forever protected.