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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Schools combat cheating one student at a time by Sharon Strauss

Local educators say students aren’t cheating more than in the past, but there’s a modern technological twist to the way they sneak in exam answers or plagiarize term papers

Photo Illustration Greg Kreller

Parents should be aware of a school’s policy for electronic devices and Internet usage, especially in regard to cheating. Some Canyon County schools even have an all-out ban on such things as cell phones, iPods and MP3 players, partly because of the role the gadgets play in cheating.
Local principals emphasize that the majority of students are honest in academics, and instances of catching a student cheating are rare. That’s partly because of electronics bans in class. At Caldwell High, a blanket no-use policy is in effect for cell phones, although students are allowed to use iPods and MP3 players during their lunch period.
Vallivue High has a total ban on electronic devices on campus.

Idaho Press-Tribune