How to stop cheating on school standardized tests

March 09, 2012

Unfortunately, it appears that for some time Baltimore City school personnel have been setting an example for students that cheating is acceptable as long as you don't get caught ("Schools keep eye on testing," March 5).

Here's my suggestion for eliminating this problem during the city schools' annual standardized achievement testing period:

Arrangements should be made to ensure that the students being tested are the only individuals who touch the test booklets or answer cards. Then their answers should be photographed or otherwise recorded on camera.

The current system of administering and grading tests is a disgrace and must be reformed. Granted, my suggestion may be expensive. But so is the current system, which evidently isn't producing the desired results.

Quinton D. Thompson, Towson

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