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Should schools allow students to retake tests when they are caught cheating?

The Fairfax County high school that asked teachers to all but banish F's from its recent report cards has been experimenting with an approach that would allow students caught cheating to retake tests instead of receiving zeros.

West Potomac High School Principal Cliff Hardison last month instructed teachers to allow cheaters to retake tests. The idea was that cheating should "result in a disciplinary consequence separate from an academic consequence," Hardison said in a Nov. 5 e-mail to teachers. Read the full story.

By Abha Bhattarai  |  November 18, 2010; 9:57 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Students who cheat should be REQUIRED to retake the test. The system should want to know the real level of their knowledge. Then the grade should be averaged with the zero.

Posted by: robison1948 | November 20, 2010 9:05 AM


If you allow students to retake a test if they are caught cheating, many students will opt to cheat and take the chance of getting caught. Who wouldn't? You get to do it over, so your chances are better for getting a better grade if you cheat. Then the cheaters can grow up and become Wall Street execs and really put their cheating skills to good work.

Posted by: mmreay | November 22, 2010 7:10 AM

A teacher has much more leverage with the "I" than she/he has with the "F." A student can graduate with a low D average, meaning he has received quite a few F's. But a student cannot graduate with an Incomplete. My students used to beg me to fail them rather than give them an incomplete.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | November 23, 2010 4:52 PM

A teacher has much more leverage with the "I" than she/he has with the "F." A student can graduate with a low D average, meaning he has received quite a few F's. But a student cannot graduate with an Incomplete. My students used to beg me to fail them rather than give them an incomplete.

Posted by: HookedOnThePost | November 23, 2010 4:53 PM

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