Bucknell reveals that it reported inaccurate test scores for the past six years

Dive Summary:

  • Bucknell University President John C. Bravman revealed in a campuswide e-mail Friday that the school reported false SAT and ACT averages from 2006 through 2012 as a result of some students' scores being left out of the averages.
  • Most of the excluded student scores were lower, though a few cases involved students with higher scores being omitted, and Bravman said that discussions with the person responsible for the misreporting revealed no real explanation for the inaccuracies beyond "ignorance at best" and "incompetence at worst."
  • Bucknell's website was updated with correct data, and U.S. News & World Report is aware of the problem and has also received the correct data.

From the article:

Bucknell University's president sent a campuswide letter Friday admitting that the university had reported false SAT and ACT averages from 2006 through 2012. The averages were incorrect because some students' scores were left out of the averages. In a few cases, those omitted had scores higher than those reported. But most of the excluded students had lower scores, so the result of leaving them out was to inflate Bucknell's averages. ...

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