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Schools Crack Down on Standardized Test Cheating

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As technology becomes more and more a part of our kids' lives, California schools have taken note and are starting to take away their electronics before the test, storing them away from reach. The thinking is that with the proliferation of social media, test materials might be uploaded for use by other students.

Additionally, the state will have a team monitoring social media sites every 15 minutes, to catch any potential uploads as they happen. Any such reports of cheating can potentially make a school lose its rating on the state's Academic Performance Index—leading to potential loss of funding.

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