Archive for November 22nd, 2011

November 22, 2011

More SAT cheating arrests – ‘This stuff has been going on for a very long time’

by Grace

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – At least 13 students are expected to face authorities this morning in connection with Nassau County’s expanding SAT scandal.

Some could be charged with felonies for impersonating test takers and accepting huge sums of money in exchange.

It all comes two months after police arrested Sam Eshaghoff and several students from at Great Neck North High School in September.

The students expected to turn themselves in today come from Great Neck South, Great Neck North, Rosyln High School, the North Shore Hebrew Academy and St. Mary’s High School Manhasset.

There is concern that this type of cheating is widespread.

Lavalle says every district attorney in the state ought to follow the lead in Nassau and investigate their own high schools.

It makes me wonder if it is significantly affecting the SAT score percentiles, especially on the upper end.

Some students are not entirely surprised by today’s pending arrests.

“This stuff has been going on for a very long time,” said one student. “Everybody wants to succeed and go to the best college.”…

Law enforcement negotiated Tuesday’s surrender date with the lawyers for the students, keeping it close to their Thanksgiving breaks from colleges.

It’s doubtful these students will be enjoying their Thanksgiving breaks very much.  I’m thankful these cheaters have been caught.

Related:  New York SAT cheating scandal is expected to lead to more arrests

November 22, 2011

Signing week for high school athletes

by Grace

Signing week just ended, having run from November 3  to 16. For the uninitiated, Joe Lombardi offers some informative questions and answers on this topic of special interest to high school varsity athletes looking at their college options.

What is Signing Week?
The time when recruited athletes may signing National Letters of Intent. For most sports (except football), those signing periods are in November and April of the recruit’s senior year. The signing period for football runs from Feb. 1 to April 1.

What is a National Letter of Intent?
Also known as an NLI. It is a written document signed by a recruit stating his attention to attend a particular college for a minimum of one academic year. In return, the college promises to provide financial aid for a minimum of one academic year. It is offered by Division I and Division II colleges in most conferences. Military academies and Ivy League schools do not offer NLIs.

Who runs the NLI program?
The daily operations are managed by the NCAA Eligibility Center. The Collegiate Commissioners Association oversees the program.

What if a recruit signs an NLI and then decides he or she doesn’t want to attend that college after all before enrolling?
Signed recruits may request a release from their commitment. If it is granted by the college, they do not have to sit out a year if they transfer to another program for most sports, except basketball and football.

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