Students Fight 'Cheating Culture' at Severna Park High
Read my story today about a group of Severna Park High School students fighting what they say is a "culture of cheating" at the highly acclaimed Anne Arundel County School. Their outrage boiled over after an incident earlier this month when at least one student allegedly stole away to a bathroom with a sealed booklet of essay questions for the Advanced Placement American history exam and, with two friends, scoured a review manual for answers.
Now, the College Board, which developed the test, is investigating, and all 45 students in that testing group have to retake the exam Thursday. School district officials say they're waiting to act until they receive findings from The College Board.
But that wasn't enough for a group of top-ranked students who are so outraged at what they view as rampant cheating at the school that they surveyed their peers last week and pressed the principal today to discipline the cheaters and adopt stricter test proctoring rules.
What do you think of these students' activism -- and of the Anne Arundel County school district's decision to not act on the reports until after The College Board finishes its review? Have you heard of this kind of student activism elsewhere?I got an e-mail from 2006 Pikesville High graduate and Harvard University freshman Joseph Jampel, who wrote that he and classmates tried "to do a similar thing to what the students at Severna Park are doing now. We formed a group with the goal in mind of combating the rampant cheating at Pikesville. We approached the task from many angles, even conducting a survey and having a meeting with he principal just like those students at Severna Park. We had little success though because we lacked support from our principal, the teachers, and the students," he wrote in an e-mail this morning.