Originally posted by Guyfriday
Sorry if you miss understood me, it wasn't my attempt to be rude. I was only building off of a situation you presented. It sounds like you could have
a pretty good investigation at hand. Do you know if any other schools use the same computer placement system? If you do, and they know the system is
flawed then maybe looking into why they are using it should be in order. This event that caused you to ask questions could be a "rabbit hole" of
sorts. Then again it could be nothing, but worth looking into anyways.
Not at all! I was serious. How anyone could take your statement to be rude is beyond me.
That was exactly what I did. In fact, I went straight to the administrator in charge who then basically shat their pants and threw me out of their
Then I went to the professors who basically said I stepped in a pile of #. They were personally in agreement with everything I had to say, and were
aware of the situation. But they didn't want to get fired either.
Basically, it boiled down to money, and no-one wanted to stop milking the students. It was no secret, except to the students maybe.
Being so honest about it was a great way to get blacklisted though!
Most American campuses use the test. It was made by the ACT after all. It is called the COMPASS.
Anyhow, I noticed some irregularities when I was taking it, and went digging around in the computer files after I got done. I didn't cheat mind you, I
just looked at the actual files. I don't think I'm the first person to have done this, but I'm guessing that the others who did had the presence of
mind to cheat and kept their mouth shuts about it.
To give you a general idea, the student is required to first enter information (into the testing program,) about their ethnicity, how much money they
make, and whether or not they are a single parent before the test actually starts. Also, the maximum results have an artificial ceiling to them
depending on other answers the student provides before testing.
Basically, when I brought this to peoples attention, they threatened to sue me for "damaging", the program that was on lease. Note that I didn't even
make any changes to the program and didn't even have to decrypt it. So I don't understand how I damaged it. I'm given to understand that I wasn't
"allowed" to look at the actual code used.
Perhaps I should flee to Switzerland?
*EDIT* and if anyone wants "proof" all they need to do is physically write down their work on a paper and then compare that with the test results.
Simple enough. Old fashioned, yeah.... but I'm not about to got teaching people how to read code as I'm not a computer scientist.
7-8-2013 by teachtaire because: not my area of expertise