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Schools combat cheating in extraordinary ways

Monday, December 19, 2011

Schools are going to drastic measures to combat on-campus cheating, according to an article posted at Assa Abloy’s Future Lab. Case in point is the testing center at Orlando-based University of Central Florida, the second largest school in the country.

The no gum allowed rule at most testing centers is in place because the chewing could potentially mask the person taking the test from speaking into a hands-free phone to someone outside the center. The computer the person uses to take the test is recessed into the top of the desk so that any attempts to photograph the screen and later pass on the information, is easy to spot.

As soon as the supervisor sees something suspicious, they record the individual’s work at the computer and directs an overhead to zoom in. Both sets of images are burned onto a CD for evidence. This is just one scene from the testing center at UCF and is designed to combat the growing incidence of cheating.

One study of 43,000 high school students in the U.S. found that 59% admitted cheating on a test during the last year, with 34% doing it more than two times. Even the UK isn’t immune. A report released this year showed that universities there recorded more than 17,000 incidents of cheating in 2010–a 50% rise in four years.

The other issue: Despite the sophistication of a school’s anti-cheating mechanisms, a student will probably figure a way around it.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is expected to sign a bill that would ban biometric in schools throughout the state. In this latest edition of the Regarding ID podcast, legislators detail why they think a ban is necessary instead of providing an opt-out provision. Senator Dorothy Hukill (R – Port Orange) says the biometric ban is intended to protect students from having their identities stolen even though she admits that there is no recorded instance of a biometric database being breached and used to steal an individual’s identity.  

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The much-publicized biometrics bill in the state of Florida – SB 188 proposed by Sen. Dorothy Hukill, R-Port Orange – has passed through he House without any additional amendments. The bill awaits Gov. Rick Scott’s signature before becoming law.

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Detroit Public Schools is piloting a new Child Safety ID program to strengthen student safety and school security, according to The Detroit News.

Parents must volunteer for the program, allowing their child to be photographed and have a fingerprint taken by the DPS Public Safety Department. The district will use the information to create a personalized child safety ID card.

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The use of biometrics in schools is a hot-button issue, and one that raises significant concerns over the privacy and civil rights of young people. When conducted without the express consent of students – and more importantly their parents and guardians – the results can be disastrous. Just ask the folks at the Polk County School District.

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