Cheating in Education News

Cheating in Education News

January 5, 2016

A nursing student notices classmate cheating on a test using the Apple watch and reports it anonymously to Zdnet. The method was to simply receive an answer to a test question on the watch prompted by a tickle to the wrist. Upon dropping ones wrist, the test answer disappears.

January 8, 2016

Israeli Department of Education announces a new method for delivering yearly matriculation tests, due to past scandals.
The postal service will no longer deliver the test to the schools. A delivery person will hand the test to the principal in front of two witnesses.

The principal is required to lock the test in a safe and only remove it two hours before the test is given in order to allow ample time for photocopying. The students must be present forty-five minutes prior to testing. The student’s national identity card must be checked before the student receives the test. Of special note, as of May 2016 the national identification card will utilize a biometric.

January 20th 2016

India’s Bihar state has imposed jail terms and fines of 2000 rupees for students caught cheating. Additionally, the students will not be permitted to take state exams.

This is likely a reaction to the scandal where parents and friends climbed walls to pass answers to students taking tests.

January 23, 2016

SAT tests given on January 23rd were cancelled at some places in China and Macau because some students had received testing information prior to the test. In the past, parts of previous SAT tests given in the United States were later reused in international tests.

January 25, 2016

A Michigan state investigation has found a suspicious rise of 20% to 30% in testing scores for third and fourth grade students in Belleville, Michigan. Five staffers were placed on leave. An investigation is being conducted and so far it has found that extra time was given to the students taking the test.

January 30th 2016

Federal minister for education, Luke Hartsukyer, supported a new proposal for college marking to be done by an external source. This is in reaction to employers being dissatisfied with the preparedness of students entering the workforce. There has been evidence of colleges handing out answers before tests. Additionally, the potential for identity fraud exists.

February 5th, 2016

Fox 10 news hires statistician to investigate validity of testing scores in J E Turner elementary school in Mobile Alabama. This follows the claims of a former principal at the school that there were testing irregularities. Dr. Reeves, a statistician, reports that the testing of special education students was much higher than other students and that the evidence of improprieties was “overwhelming”.

February 26th, 2016

Evelyn Cortez, a former Philadelphia principal, admitted in court that she had instructed teachers and students to change answers on standardized tests. She pleaded guilty to tampering with public records, perjury and conspiracy.

March 1st, 2016

Students at UNCC’s Center for Teaching and Learning are using new apps like Quizlet and Mathway to find answers during tests.

March 2nd, 2016

The College Board barred SAT takers from the March 5th exam, offering a May 7th date instead. The understanding is that this move was made to bar tutors that were employed by test-prep companies. According to reports, all applicants above the age of 25 were excluded.

March 23, 2016

Nineteen Atlanta high school students were suspended for cheating on online courses. The teacher’s password was taken so the students could change their grades. The online program is used for blended learning, which allows students to learn at their own pace. As a result, students who fail courses are given the chance to make up credits.

April 5, 2016

Sudanese authorities deported 53 Egyptian and Jordanian students who were caught cheating. Additionally, 117 students were detained by the military for publicizing questions in upcoming tests.

April 19,2016

US district judge, Loretta Briggs, is investigating the worthiness of a case of four student athletes who claim that that they were not given an acceptable education. Allegedly, the school directed these students to enroll in phony classes which were not led by professors. They received automatic A’s to ensure they met GPA requirements and were eligible to stay on the team.

April 26,2016

A cheating scandal has rocked The Coast Guard Academy. Of the 44 cadets implicated, 3 were expelled and 37 were disciplined.

April 27,2016

Five teachers from El Paso, Texas were taken to jail by the FBI for changing students’ grades.

April 29,2016

“We are in a crisis. I do not think it has to stay that way,” Michael Josephson, the founder of the Josephson Institute for Ethics, stated during an ABC News report on April 29, 2016. He also explained he was “Waiting for a tipping point, like Enron with business ethics, where there would be a sea of change in attitudes toward cheating.”

It is safe to state that cheating has become nothing short of epic in Iraq. Recently, in an attempt to reduce cheating in the country, Iraq took the extraordinary measure of shutting down the Internet. This step was taken in an attempt to prevent student from gaining leaked exam answers online. Facebook appears to have been the key tool used in this Iraqi cheating scandal.

May 7, 2016

The saying “there’s an app for that” is true once more, thanks to an Israeli start-up called Tawkon. Tawkon’s app let’s smartphone users know just how much radio frequency magnetic field energy their bodies are absorbing. Thanks to the app, smartphone users will know how much radiation they are being exposed to so that they can make educated decisions. The app even vibrates when levels become too high.

Ariel University Israel uses a system to detect radioactivity emitted by cellphones to detect cell phone use during a test.

May 9, 2016

In Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Colorado Department of Education is investigating whether or not two teachers at Stratton Meadows Elementary School helped students cheat on state exams. Currently, the teachers have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation. Stratton Meadows Elementary School is located in Harrison School District 2, which is the only district in Colorado Springs where teachers receive higher pay when their students achieve better grades.

May 11th 2016

The fallout continues in Thailand as official there look to address the recent cheating scandal at Rangsit University. High-tech equipment that included video camera glasses and smartwatches were used to cheat during exams. Now the Office of Private Education Commission (OPEC) has set up a team to further investigate the private tutoring companies at the center of the scandal. One tool to be used is the Private Education Act, which states that if a private tutorial school has more than seven students, then that school must be registered with OPEC. The cram school business in Thailand is big business with over 2,600 schools servicing 200,000+ students.

May 11, 2016

Medical students cheating their way through medical school is the stuff of nightmares, and that is exactly what has happened in Thailand. Thai medical students at Bangkok’s Rangsit University have been caught using glassed with embedded cameras and smartwatches to store information. Rangsit University canceled examinations as the result of this high-tech approach to cheating.

May 11, 2016

Cheating has become very high-tech in recent years and as it turns out, very profitable as well. Recently, students at Rangsit University were discovered using spy glasses and smartwatches in what can easily be described as cheating on steroids. Cheating students paid the hefty sum of $23,000 to a “private tutoring service” if they passed using the technologically advanced system. It is believed that about 75% of American students have admitted to cheating during their college years.

May 11, 2016

Recently, five people in Malawi have been arrested for malpractice during the 2016 Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education (PSLCE) exam. One of the people arrested was an invigilator who dictating answers during an exam. If found guilty of cheating, those involved could receive 10 years in prison with hard labor.

May 13, 2016

A Norwegian business school has canceled numerous midterm results due to exam cheating. The school was originally tipped off that something might not be right, thanks to an unusually high number of excellent exam results.

May 15, 2016

The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has learned that U.S. students may have cheated on the May 2, 2015 SAT exam. The information comes from an anonymous tip. The person sending the tip on May 1st also included two copies of the SAT exam that were used for the May 2nd test. Students in Asia had access to a copy of the SAT exam; test-prep companies across Asia had copies weeks before the exam. Another example of student test fraud included a student who had entire pages for the SAT scanned onto a phone.

May 15,2016

Deakin University has recently experienced a cheating scandal involving 13 students. In the scandal, 13 undergraduate engineering students were caught paying cheating websites. Deakin University and other universities have discovered Chinese fee-based companies providing academic essays and assignment completion services.

May 18, 2016

Cheating made its presence known in a major way recently in Kenya as the government took steps to dissolve the country’s national examinations board and arrested the board’s leaders. The leaders were blamed for what has been called “unprecedented cheating” on the university entrance tests. Last year over 5,000 students had their exams cancelled due to cheating.

 May 19, 2016

Efforts to combat cheating in Kazakhstan have become very serious. Cheating is so pervasive in Kazakhstan that testing is now to be conducted in 166 special testing centers. These testing centers will feature jamming equipment to stop mobile communication, 2,500+ security cameras and use over 400 metal detectors. One of the reasons that cheating is so pervasive and aggressive in Kazakhstan is due in part to the country’s practice of requiring a specific diploma for a specific job, which means that students must get into the right university in order to find the job they desire.

May 21, 2016

A high school in Tucson, Arizona recently had a big surprise for 38 students. A serious cheating scandal at the Tucson High Magnet School, which involved changes grades in a teacher’s electronic grade book, means that many students will not be graduating on time. It has been discovered that three students were taking cash in order to change grades.

May 23, 2016

A cheating ring at the University of Iowa is helping Chinese students cheat in college. At least 30 students are involved in the cheating ring, which is at the heart of a profitable underground operation. The cheating ring provides students with paper-writing services, takes online courses for students and more, such as ghostwriting application essays and doctoring letters of recommendation. Currently, there are approximately 761,000 degree-seeking foreign students with about one-third of those students coming from China.

May 25, 2016

Changes are coming to the Kenyan educational system, this after a widespread cheating scandal, which was orchestrated by not just teachers but also police and officials at the Kenyan National Examinations Council (KNEC). Part of the overall change will include a check for criminal records for anyone handling exams. Last year, a staggering 2,709 primary and 5,100 secondary school candidates were cancelled.

May 29,2016

Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, which is ranked 5th in the US among veterinary schools, has discovered that 85 students were involved in test cheating. Considering that there are roughly 650 students in Ohio State’s Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program, this is an eye-opening revelation. This case of student cheating stems centers on cheating on take-home tests where students shared answers online.

June 7, 2016

Cheating in China and Chinese students cheating on exams to get into US and other schools abroad is very wide scale. Now, for the first time, students in China who cheat on the country’s national exam could face up to three years in jail. This is an attempt to crackdown on cheating in the country. Like many countries, China is attempting to combat the rise of wireless and electronic devices in the area of cheating.

June 7, 2016

Cheating in Morocco has taken a very serious turn, as students may face jail time for cheating on exams. The Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training has found 3,048 cases of cheating. If new laws are enacted, jail time could range from one month to one year in prison and include fines. Currently, law enforcement officials patrol examination centers, and often teachers are provided with metal detectors in an effort to find electronic devices.

June 7, 2016

Just how serious has cheating become in China and how serious does the government take it? The answer is very, as China has literally begun using SWAT teams to address the country’s growing college exam cheating dilemma. Additionally, cheaters now face jail time if they cheat on the university entrance exam. In 2016, 9.4 million high school students take the national exam where they compete for a comparatively few number of college slots.

June 9, 2016

During 2015 and 2016, many Middle Eastern countries including Algeria and Iraq have experienced serious cheating problems. Now, Lebanon can be added to the list. In Beirut, the Education Minister disclosed that a large exam cheating network exists in the country; this network has been involved in both cheating and forgery. Further, like many other countries, Lebanon is dealing with the use of mobile phones in testing centers and teachers who are leaking exams. The cheating network was revealed, thanks to anti-cheating reforms previously enacted.

June 10, 2016

Hundreds of high-school students recently marched in Cairo. These students wanted the Minster of Education to resign after several officials were arrested for leaking cheat sheets for the national exam via Facebook. Some students gained access to the questions and answered to the exam through their mobile phones. The protesting students were upset that the exam had been compromised.

June 16, 2016

Police in India have arrested a 17-year old schoolgirl for cheating. The arrest is part of a large attempt to stem widespread cheating in India. Suspicion of cheating arose as the schoolgirl, who scored the highest results in the state for year 12 in humanities, was unable to correctly spell “political science,” which was her core area of study, when quizzed by a television reporter. 18 people in total have been arrested in connection with the scandal.

June 26, 2016

A yearlong Naval medic cheating ring has been discovered in the Navy. Thirty-one sailors were involved. It was discovered that the sailors shared answers to test questions while at the Surface Warfare Medical Institute San Diego. This facility trains Naval medics.

June 30, 2016

A whistleblower reports that a teacher in Tudor Grange Samworth Academy in England had access to an upcoming exam and discussed answers with students. The report was given to the Joint Council of Qualifications, one of six qualification boards in England.

July 2 2016

Grade fixing was prevalent for intellectually disabled students at Urban Action Academy in Brooklyn.  A whistleblower reported than an 18-year-old girl with a reading skills suitable for a kindergartner passed a Regents US history exam.

July 3 2016

A company in Pakistan, Nexus, staffed by 40 employees targeted nurses with “first class” essays. 1700 nursing students were disciplined in England over the last three years. Charges include plagiarism, collusion and impersonation during tests.

July 19 2016

Reuters received, from someone who had access to a SAT test, 21 reading passages and 160 math questions. The College Board and its partner ETS assured a quick and deliberate investigation.

Aug 3 2016

Syria has shut down the internet for the ninth time to prevent cheating. It was for a four-hour period to insure the integrity of a Chemistry final.

Aug 11 2016

Cambodia sent 1570 police to high school exam sites throughout the country. They pat down students in search of mobile devices and cheat sites.

Aug 22 3016

n Hoschton Ga, an investigation has found, so far. 60 students who cheated on summer school reading to assignments. The principal sent a letter to parents He warned of discipline consequences and wrote, “Developing a sense of honor, responsibility and ethical principles is essential to education and life”.

Sep 11 2016

In Great Neck NY, a 19- year-old was arrested for taking SAT and ACT tests, impersonating other students for cash.

Sep 19 2016

Approximately 17,000 students in Laos had to retake college entrance exam, due to one section of the exam was leaked.

Sep 21, 2016  

A group of disgruntled cheaters, at Montana Tech, fought and overwhelmed faculty and staff.  The group was m the comprised by dozens of foreign students from the Middle East who cheated through a variety of methods. 

Sep 30, 2016

A Chinese education company, Dupont, is accused of aiding students in cheating on college applications. This included grader changing, altered letter of recommendations, bribes and perks to college admission officials.

Oct 14, 2016

The International Center for Academic Integrity designates Oct 19th as “International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating, Internationally, thirty-five colleges joined.

Oct 19, 2016

Seventeen, a popular teenage magazine, illustrated and elaborated on “12 students who made their most out of their one-page cheat sheets”.

Nov 2, 2016

Seven teachers in Bungoma, Kenya where charged with stealing examinations and handing them to students. Six of the seven were members of a test investigating team.

Nov 17, 2016

128 students were found cheating in Alamo Heights, Texas.  The students’ records were not impacted. The Principal Cordell Jones said in a letter about incidents, “Together, we pick them up, tell them we love them, old them accountable for their actions, and then move on”,

Dec 1, 2016

Reuters reports that South Korean students will be required to the ACT tests in a designated test center, The fee for taking the test is being raised by ten dollars to cover the cost.

Dec 8, 2016

A private tutor in Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach Ca is accused of hacking a teaches’ computers to change grades for several students.

Dec 19,2016

A very large fine was issued against the principals and teachers of a college in Gujarat Amreli district in India. This action was taken after a video showing rampant cheating went viral.

Jan 18, 2017

50,000 British students were caught, seemingly mostly, of plagiarism. Students that were from outside the European Union were four times as likely to cheat. 

Jan 26, 2017