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The Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) has announced that in mid-July of 2015,  it opened an investigation to identify candidates who have accessed or shared PEAT items in violation of FSBPT’s NPTE Security Agreement, PEAT Terms of Use, and US copyright laws.  PEAT stands for Practice Exam and Assessment Tool, and is a product that FSBPT has developed for students to use to prepare for the NPTE.

FSBPT reports that it opened this investigation after multiple sources provided information indicating PEAT items were being shared on social media sites.  More than 250 individuals have been reported as participating in the PEAT sharing. The complete FSBPT statement regarding this investigation can be found HERE. It is important to note that nowhere in the statement does FSBPT make any reference to the location of individuals who were involved in the sharing of PEAT items, whether in or outside of the US.

STATUS OF INVESTIGATION

FSBPT reports the status of the investigation as follows: this investigation remains active and additional participants are still being identified. FSBPT will continue to diligently investigate and take necessary action as quickly as possible. Next steps are identified based on the candidate’s current status:

Candidates who tested in July. Scores will be released as soon as possible. Individuals who cooperated will have their scores released this week. Remaining scores will be released when the investigation is complete. FSBPT will still be issuing sanctions, when merited, even after scores have been released.

Candidates who are registered for October. Sanctions will be issued prior to testing. In order to sit for the October exam, an individual will have to complete the sanctions.

Candidates who have not registered or have not been identified. We will continue to work to identify these individuals and follow-up. We may ask schools for assistance in identifying some individuals who use .edu email addresses when requesting the unauthorized PEAT materials.

Individuals who have already been licensed. We will notify the state board and individual involved if they are being sanctioned and are already licensed.

SANCTIONS

FSBPT reports that sanctions may include a monetary fine, an online or in-person ethics course, and a requirement to write a curative statement to assure FSBPT the individual understands what they did was wrong and will not participate in such activity in the future. When sanctions are issued, FSBPT notifies any states where the individual is licensed or where the individual has applied for licensure, and FSBPT updates its Exam, Licensure and Disciplinary Database (ELDD) to indicate that a sanction was issued. Individuals who are sanctioned are supplied information on how to appeal at the time that their sanctions are issued.