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From Bihar to Maryland: ancient to modern cheating methods by school students

Twitter is the latest version of copying off your neighbor.

By Raif Karerat

WASHINGTON, DC: State officials have disclosed two Maryland students stand accused of using the social media network Twitter to cheat on the Common Core state standardized tests.

A security firm hired by the testing company to scour Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram turned up two instances of cheating by 10th-grade students, said Maryland State Department of Education spokesperson William Reinhard, who declined to identify the school or the students.

“This is the modern version of copying off your neighbor,” he said.

The posts included materials from a statewide English test, reported Reuters.

While students were utilizing online networking to cheat in Maryland, students in Bihar, India, have gained international notoriety for the scale on which they’ve managed to successfully cheat on exams using slightly more direct methods.

Vidya Niketan school became famous when a video went viral depicting throngs of young men scaling a four-story wall in order to pass along cheat notes.

“It happened last year, too, but nobody noticed as the images didn’t go viral,” a local reporter told The Indian Express.

He implied journalists have been threatened and even physically accosted in the town ever since the video reached major international outlets.

“On March 18 and 19, boys tied ropes to windowsills and climbed. The rate for taking a chit to a third floor window was Rs 50, Rs 40 for the second and so on,” he said.

As a result of the newly revealed prevalence of academic dishonesty in Bihar, the Principal Secretary of Education announced that the exams conducted at Vidya Niketan and three other schools on March 18 and 19 have been nullified.

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