SAT security reforms to be announced

In this file photo, Nassau County District Attorney

In this file photo, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice spoke at U.S. Senator Charles Schumer's Manhattan office at a press conference on the problem of driving while under the influence of drugs or "drugged driving". (Jan. 29, 2012) (Credit: Steven Sunshine)

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The Nassau County district attorney and two of the nation's largest standardized testing companies will announce Tuesday that they have agreed upon security reforms in college admissions tests, a spokesman said Monday.

Kathleen Rice will appear at a news conference at 10 a.m. with officials from ACT and College Board, which creates and runs the SATs, her spokesman John Byrne said.

The SAT cheating scandal was first exposed last September when Sam Eshaghoff, 19, a graduate of Great Neck North High School, was arrested and charged with accepting as much as $3,600 to take the test for as many as 15 students. In the months that followed, a total of 20 students were charged with cheating, including four with accepting money to take the test for other students.

Rice said that since the September arrests, her office has looked at as many as 40 possible cheaters. But it can charge only a fraction of the individuals because of issues involving evidence and the statute of limitations.

The State Senate also has held hearings on the matter in recent months, hearing from experts who said that photo ID cards embedded with plant DNA samples and test documents with digital watermarks could be used to prevent would-be cheaters.

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