There’s another scandal brewing in New York State. This one involves allegations of cheating on Regents exams. Dramatically improved test scores first drew suspicion, and now an investigation is in full swing.
Two elementary school principals and three teachers in Woodbridge have been suspended with pay after state investigators said they helped students or encouraged cheating on standardized tests last year and in 2010.
Students from nearly 50 schools took the exam on May 5 at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights.
The new measures are expected to include dual identification to prevent impersonation, using state-of-the-art photo recognition and enhanced handwriting analysis.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota sent letters to school superintendents, asking for information about possible college entrance exam cheating in their districts.
Michael Pomerantz, 18, faces felony charges for allegedly being paid to take college entrance exams for other students. Another student faces a misdemeanor charge.