Cheaters' playbook

How educators can influence test results

Federal, state and district education officials often believe security measures implemented before and during tests can eliminate any threat of cheating. Testing experts agree training educators on what is considered cheating and having teachers sign an agreement not to cheat can help. More importantly to state and district officials, however, these efforts are inexpensive and do not require state or district officials to take any action by questioning the highly unlikely improvements in testing results that they want to believe in.

The problem is that relying on front end security efforts without any screening for cheating after the tests are collected ignores the creativity and ingenuity some educators employ to cheat.

Here are some examples of how educators across the country go about cheating. Click on each of the seven methods below left to learn more.