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Does Groupthink lead to Group Cheating

According to Psychology Today, Groupthink occurs when a group of well-intentioned people make irrational or non-optimal decisions spurred by the urge to conform or the discouragement of dissent. This problematic or premature consensus may be fueled by a particular agenda or simply because group members value harmony and coherence above rational thinking. A recent news story that […]

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Students in Limbo After Allegations of Cheating

Students in Florida are scratching their heads after failing exams. This was the result of being flagged as potential cheaters by software that invalidates tests found to have suspiciously similar answer patterns. The test security company that offers this test-assessing program uses data forensics that compares tests against one another and matches those with similar […]

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Malpractice Detailed for the 2013 UK Summer Exams

According to an official report on malpractice for the summer 2013 GCSE and A level exams, cheating among teachers and students has gone up. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in the UK, reports that teacher malpractice rose by 62% since 2012. In 2013 97 teachers were facing penalties, as opposed to 60 […]

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High Tech Exam Cheating with Bluetooth Technology

During a test in Jaipur, India, exam-takers used Bluetooth technology to discreetly retrieve test answers. The local police interrogated about 70 individuals involved in the cheating incident. Their mobile phones, headsets, and Bluetooth devices were confiscated to facilitate the investigation. It’s been revealed that the cheating scheme involved a shared configuration that allow these men […]

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Law Enforcement Officers Involved in Test Cheating Scandal

A race against the clock to regain public trust is taking place at the Basic Law Enforcement Academy in Washington. After allegations of a cheating scandal have been revealed, the Washington State Patrol announced its preliminary investigations on the matter. It has been discovered that recruits were sharing test information through an informal and illegal […]

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Who should police exam cheating? The Minnesota example

The Minnesota Department of Education lets school districts resolve cheating issues themselves. In 2013, over 159 test security notices were been sent to the Minnesota Department of Education. What often happens is that a school district official reports a test security issue to the state and the state, more often than not, will simply ask […]

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Academic-fraud scandal at UNC Chapel Hill – Make-up Classes Offered

The North Carolina Chapel Hill University has been under public scrutiny again after more details have leaked regarding its academic-fraud scandal, according to which, 384 students and alumni took fraudulent classes in the African Studies department. The scandal was examined by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission (SACSC), the review panel revealed that […]

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Possible Cheating Epidemic for Online Education

With the rise of online education there comes the outbreak of cheaters. Educators are scurrying to stay ahead of the game in cheating. Online courses have emerged for participants (mostly professors) to teach ways of identifying and catching cheating students. Software is on the route to certify courses and use best practices for academic integrity. […]

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Students Using Social Media to Cheat

Administrators are increasing their awareness of possible cheating by younger generations through social media. As more students possess mobile phones, they feel the need to publicize their every move on the internet, including photos of test booklets. Is this an innocent action? Or a deliberate move to cheat? Just as we evolve through the generations, […]

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Atlanta Testing Scandal

The shockwaves are still being felt in Atlanta with approximately 34 teachers and administrators being indicted in one of the largest testing and cheating scandals to date. “Prosecutors allege the 35 named defendants conspired to either cheat, conceal cheating or retaliate against whistle-blowers in an effort to bolster C.R.C.T. scores for the benefit of financial […]