North Shore Hebrew Academy Added To List Of Schools With Students Involved In SAT Cheating Scandal

GREAT NECK, NY (CBSNewYork) — As the investigation expands into widespread cheating on both the SAT and ACT college entrance exams expands, the records of at least two former students from Great Neck’s North Shore Hebrew Academy have been subpoenaed, due to discrepancies in scores and questionable handwriting.

The two students are suspected of paying someone else to take their SAT’s for them. One had nearly a 300 point jump in test score, the other 90 points after four tries. One or more of those tests was allegedly taken by someone else.

One parent said he’s not surprised if the allegations are true because kids cheating on tests is nothing new.

“It’s happened before over the years so who knows what’s going on,” he said.

Sources tell CBS 2 that more than 30 students in at least five schools may have paid thousands of dollars as stand ins to take not only the SAT, but also the ACT as well.

“There is a lot of anger over the fact that the kids who cheated and did so unjustly will cause a bad name for all of Great Neck,” said student Jacob Roth.

“We don’t need these tests. It just leaves room for corruption,” said parent Monelle Palgon.

“Not my kid, no way,” said parent Arlene Somach.

The scandal broke in September with the arrest of Sam Eshaghoff, a graduate of Great Neck North, charged with accepting thousands of dollars to take the SAT for six then-current students at the school.

District Attorney Kathleen Rice demanded security changes from the Educational Testing Service, and launched a full scale probe.

CBS 2 has learned that involved are at least five schools, including three private schools, and 31 students who may have paid as many as seven impersonator stand-ins.

Four were fired to take the SAT, and three for the ACT.

“There is a tremendous amount of pressure. We are in a district that is extremely competitive. And it’s a shame because obviously the parents were involved if the kids were coming up with that kind of money to pay a student,” said parent Eileen Forest.

Rice says it is likely not all students under investigation will be arrested, partly because a two-to-five year statute of limitations has run out.

Please share your thoughts below…

  • blahblahblah

    Future Madoffs
    SATs today, Ponzi schemes tomorrow

    • Timo192

      I don’t get the connection b/t SAT cheating and financial fraud / bilking people out of thier life saving. Who cares if they cheated? Nobody got hurt. Madoff ruined lives! Sort out your priorities!!

  • Kat H.

    A 300 point jump between tests is not conclusive proof of cheating. I had a 450 point jump between my first and second SAT and it was the result of hard work and a tutor five days a week (for 3 hours a day.) Don’t be so quick to judge. By the by, cheating is EVERYWHERE. Getting into law school, I saw students cheating during the LSAT. In law school, they cheat left and right on exams. I know of at least 1 case where someone paid another student to sit in on all of his classes and take his final. To this day, the professor thinks the paid face is the real student! Cheating is a fact and it pervades every aspect of our society. These are the people who pretend that standardized tests are at fault for their failures.

  • RingADingDing

    Yes, Arlene dahling . . .Yes your kid, Yes way. Don’t be so sure buttercup. Typical.

    • Mike

      Buttercup? Really? Wow.

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