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2 in 3 High School Students Know of Kids Who Cheat Using Digital Devices — but Few Admit Doing It Themselves

The 74 Million – Laura Fay

“Nearly 2 in 3 high school students have seen or heard of classmates using technology to cheat in school, according to a recent survey of American teens. But only 29 percent of students surveyed by the cybersecurity company McAfee admitted cheating using an online device — suggesting that some may not have been honest about their own technology use, said McAfee’s Gary Davis. “I suspect that if somebody saw someone using a device, that may compel them to actually do something similar, so I’m not sure if in some of these responses [students] were totally transparent with their response,” he told The 74. Students can cheat by taking pictures of notes or test answers and peeking at their smartphones during exams, The Denver Post reported.”(more)

How Educating Students About Dishonesty Can Help Curb Cheating

KQED News Mind/Shift – Linda Flanagan

“Jennifer Tammi teaches U.S. History to tenth graders at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in the Bronx. A few years ago, she took on an additional role, one with a long-lasting, school-wide impact: she led a task force to study academic dishonesty and to come up with a new way of countering it. Fallout from a cheating incident at school set the task force in motion. A student had been reprimanded for plagiarism, and the student’s parents had rebelled at the school’s punishment. At the time, Fieldston imposed a tough three-strikes policy: the first offense resulted in an automatic zero on the assignment combined with a letter of reprimand from the dean, with progressive penalties for further offenses, and ending in expulsion. “They thought our policy was horrible,” Tammi recalls, in part because faculty applied the penalties inconsistently. Fieldston’s principal at the time wanted to explore other options for the school, and formed a committee, led by Tammi, to look for new ways to think about and address academic dishonesty.”(more)

Cheating found to be rife in British schools and universities

The Guardian – Richard Adams

“British education is experiencing an epidemic of trickery and cheating, ranging from primary school teachers rigging key assessments through to 40,000 university undergraduates disciplined for plagiarism over the past four years. An investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches, to be screened on Monday night, describes how shady practices and in some cases outright fraud are woven into the fabric of UK education as the use of exam results, league tables and performance indicators increases the pressure on students, teachers and institutions to succeed. A series of freedom of information requests by the Channel 4 researchers found that in the past four years more than 58,000 undergraduates have been investigated by their universities for plagiarism. Of the 40,000 who were disciplined, 400 were expelled or excluded from higher education, while 12,000 had marks deducted, affecting their final degree classification in many cases.”(more)

Atlanta cheating scandal: Why the judge reduced their sentences

The Christian Science Monitor – Kate Brumback

“A judge sharply reduced the sentences Thursday for three former Atlanta public school educators who received the harshest prison terms in the trial stemming from the city’s standardized test cheating scandal. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Jerry Baxter reduced sentences for Tamara Cotman, Sharon Davis-Williams and Michael Pitts. Each was given three years in prison and seven on probation. Previously, each was sentenced to seven years in prison and 13 on probation.”(more)

Judge wants to send those in cheating scandal to jail

USA Today – Duffie Dixon

“Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has offered convicted Atlanta Public Schools educators last-minute deals that would keep them out of prison, but it was unclear Monday whether defendants will agree to the matter. The sentencing hearing for 10 of 11 convicted Atlanta Public Schools former teachers and administrators broke for the day in early afternoon after almost four hours of friends and relatives’ testimony recalling the defendants’ great faith and asking for leniency. They have been in jail since they were convicted April 1 on racketeering charges for their roles in inflating students’ standardized-test scores. “I don’t think you have any great bargaining in any of this,” said Judge Jerry Baxter of Fulton County Superior Court shortly before he recessed the hearing and urged the defendants to accept the deals. “I’ve got a fair sentence in my mind, and it involves going to jail — everybody.” During the sentencing hearing, some of the witnesses had called the convictions unjust, but the judge said his opinion was that the trial had no errors.”(more)

Academic dishonesty at Stanford: What compels elite students to cheat?

The Christian Science Monitor – Rowena Lindsay

“Stanford University is the latest in a series of top American universities to admit it has a cheating problem. With nearly 16,000 students enrolled at Stanford, a few incidences of cheating and plagiarism are expected each quarter. But in a letter sent Tuesday by University Provost John Etchemendy, the school is investigating “an unusually high number of troubling allegations of academic dishonesty,” during the winter quarter. The school is concerned over incidents in a number of courses, particularly one of the school’s largest introductory courses where one in five students are suspected of having cheated. The University is currently in the process of contacting those students, Dr. Etchemendy wrote.”(more)