Half of seniors cheated, review finds

Full story: Columbus Dispatch

More than half the seniors at a Knox County high school who took world studies tests last spring were involved in a cheating scheme that prompted school officials to cancel graduation ceremonies, according to the district's review of the matter.
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PT Resident

Grove City, OH

#21 Aug 10, 2009
Bill wrote:
One of the first lessons any teacher is taught in the IT field is to change the default password to something you can protect/remember personally. The fault lies with the lazy/incompetent individuals who left this information accessible to the curious and normal young people.
I suppose they leave their money on their desks too and expect no one to take it.
The FAULT lies with these cheating kids
Come on now

Monroe, LA

#22 Aug 10, 2009
So, by this logic, if a school kid sees a bully beat up another kid, but is afraid to report it, then he should suffer the same consequences as the bully? And half the class knew nothing about the bullying happening but they also suffer the same punishment as the bully?
I know, being considered innocent until proven guilty does apply in the school system. The administrators' viewpoint is to string 'em all up and let God sort it out. Obviously they're too busy working on campaigning for levies than to spend time actually demonstrating the principles that are supposed to be taught in civics class...
cburg parent

Mount Victory, OH

#23 Aug 10, 2009
The number the superintendent gave to the news is not correct. They only have a handful of students who actually could be proved. The security problem has been around for many years, and quite a few parents have brought this to their attention, but nothing has been done. Also, teachers are fully aware of the security problems, but did little to correct it. You can actually walk into this school without signing in or being questioned. Many Doors are not on an automatic lock down when school starts. I don't condone the cheating, but if you have ever talked with the superintendent or any of the board members, you will see a problem. Some of the board members don't have any clue as to what is going on in the school, and mainly focus on sports related activities as being more important. The test scores are not indicative of what is being taught. These scores in any school district can be misleading, and this is up to the state to correct. An apology is still warranted to all the 2009 graduating students who DID NOT cheat. They have been labeled and it's just not right.
money

Columbus, OH

#24 Aug 10, 2009
"I wasn't friends with anyone that actually did," she said. "I don't think it was my place to say anything or I would have."

I sure would be proud had my daughter made this comment. This is just as bad as those who cheated!
mayberry

United States

#25 Sep 30, 2009
That statement was false, half of the student body went to the career center, so that leaves 50 students, of them only 3-4 boys admitted to cheating. But only one boy was punished,because he hacked into the computer. That teacher needs to go because he knew about it in January or March. That is what tenure will get you.He is a bad teacher, that needs to go. November 3 is coming vote those board members out!!!
Paul Grice wrote:
In retrospect I think the actions of the school board were indeed justified. Half of the class, think of it -- half of those who received their diploma would have been fired for falsifying a job application or would use deceptive practices during job related functions. Personally the only thing worse than a liar is a thief, and many of these "graduates" are thieves and liars. They have lied about their guilt and stolen the graduation ceremony experience from those who did not cheat. Shame be upon them! Hope they take this incident and rise above it, their actions punished the innocent -- but I'll bet they don't care (and probably half of their parents think that their kids were punished too harshly).
Just think, someday these fine citizens will be responsible for retirement funds, medical areas and maybe even law enforcement...makes you feel good don't it?
Sterling Silver

Grove City, OH

#26 Sep 30, 2009
GraceeMae wrote:
Those who did not cheat but knew it was going on and said or did nothing are not better than the cheaters themselves....
Agreed, but expecting students to rat out their friends is naive and unrealistic. If some did, and were found out, they might have saved their graduation, but been looked down upon (or worse) for the rest of their lives by their peers. Not many high-schoolers can buck that situation.
Get them out

Woodville, TX

#27 Oct 1, 2009
This teacher, who should get his teaching certificate revoked, encouraged the kids NOT to tattle on this kid. He knew about since Jan-Feb., and did nothing to stop it! November 3 is coming we need to elect 3 new board members, Rogers, Christy,Lewis and McVickers are running. The board needs to go....
KaBoom wrote:
Parents were outraged their kids didn't get to graduate but they got what they deserved. If my kid knew about it and didn't fess up I would be very disappointed and they wouldn't be attending the "extra" graduation.
I hope these kids learned something from this. If not, we will read about them as they are arraigned and convicted of some crime.
Parents, be part of the solution, not the problem.
Outsider

Lima, OH

#28 Oct 16, 2009
When I reread these posts about the incident at C-Burg, the recent burning of a student came to mind. A high school student had rubbing alcohol poured on him and was torched by peers for telling on another student. Do not think for one minute that some students are not mean and vindictive. High school can be a cruel place and keeping one's nose out of others business of often the safest way to survive.

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