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Wednesday, 3 May, 2000, 10:41 GMT 11:41 UK
Cheating teacher makes pupil cry
test
Academics have identified a trend towards teachers cheating
A teacher attempting to falsify school test results forced pupils to cheat, an official investigation in New York has reported.

Special Commissioner Edward Stancik, who is examining claims of cheating in national tests in New York schools, has reported that nine teachers were cheating in eight schools.

A 10-year-old pupil was reduced to tears when a teacher told him off for refusing to copy down the correct answers.

This incident was included in a 20-page report submitted by Mr Stancik to the city's education supremo, Chancellor Harold Levy.

The report is considering claims that teachers cheated by showing their pupils test questions in advance, or by giving the correct answers, or by changing answers on test papers.

Sackings

It is presumed that teachers might have cheated in an attempt to make themselves seem to be more effective and to enhance their career prospects.

Mr Stancik says that the findings, and other stories of cheating that have emerged during the investigation, suggested that sackings would be necessary.

The report will now be considered by the city's education authorities - with the likelihood of disciplinary action if the investigator's findings are accepted.

A teachers' union, the United Federation of Teachers, will also independently consider the report's claims of cheating - and will examine the potential consequences for any teachers involved in the scandal.

In the meantime, Chancellor Levy has asked Mr Stancik to take part in future monitoring exercises for tests.

The submission of the investigator's report comes in the run-up to the maths test taken by pupils in the city on Thursday.

An increase in teachers cheating was indentified by academics last year - who reported that pressure on teachers to improve results was pushing more of them to cheat.

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