"If at first, you don't succeed, try, try again."
That's the axiom that every parent hammers into their child so they understand the importance of failure, the value of a challenge and the gratification one gets when they do finally persevere. And that is just what Kamilah Campbell an 18-year-old high school student from Miami Gardens did, she persevered.
When she failed to get the SAT score she needed to go to Florida State University — her dream school — she enrolled in a free SAT prep course, determined to do better.
When she retook the test in October of last year, she knew she had done better. And better she did, she jumped to a 1230 from an original score of 900. Success! That score would be high enough for her to get into FSU!
Everything was going to plan until Educational Testing Services (ETS) — the company that produces the test — invalidated her score because they couldn't believe that she was capable of such a drastic improvement. They've even gone so far as to suggest that she might have cheated. Because of ETS's unfounded accusations, she's missed the deadline to apply to FSU and she is ineligible for any SAT-based scholarships.
ETS has told her she can forfeit her exam and take it again, or go into arbitration to prove that she didn't cheat. But there's one problem, while ETS is demanding she prove she hasn't cheated, they haven't provided any proof that she did actually cheat. They are just words and finger pointing, and it could ruin Kamilah's entire future.
This is not right. If ETS is going to accuse Kamilah of cheating and put her education in jeopardy they need to prove it or let her get along with her life and dreams.
Tell ETS to stop holding Kamilah's future hostage. Release the proof or validate her tests so she can go to college.