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Cheating in Our Schools

Below are the questions and results, shown in percentages, of the Internet survey. The responses have been averaged for each of the following categories: Internet participants, class participants, and the percentage of the combined responses.

Student Cheating:

Q. Have you ever noticed your students cheating?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. never
0%
0%
0%
A. some students
90%
93%
91%
A. many students
10%
7%
9%

Q. What do you see as the most frequent reason behind student cheating?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. lack of preparation
51%
40%
50%
A. insecurity
24%
20%
24%
A. lack of skills
16%
27%
18%
A. other
9%
13%
8%
Comments: fear of low grades, acceptable practice, no motivation or effort, collaborative groups, parental pressure, all of the listed answers

Q. Do you feel that students who cheat can learn skills from cheating?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. yes, reinforces skills for some
14%
33%
16%
A. no-just write, don’t focus on skills
85%
67%
83%
A. No response
1%
0%
1%

Q. If your state (country) has a mandated proficiency test, do you feel that this has increased the probability of student cheating?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. yes, more pressure on students
28%
46%
31%
A. somewhat, more insecure with answers
35%
27%
34%
A. no, likely to cheat on controlled test
33%
27%
33%
A. no response
4%
0%
2%

Q. How do you deal with cheating in your classroom?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. I ignore it
2%
0%
2%
A. I talk and regive
63%
67%
63%
A. I tear up and give a zero
32%
33%
33%
A. no response
2%
0%
2%

Q. Do think there are circumstances in which cheating is acceptable?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. no, never acceptable
86%
87%
86%
A. possibly, if the stakes are high
12%
13%
12%
A. no response
2%
0%
2%

Q. Do you notice that boys or girls are more likely to cheat in your class?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. boys
18%
20%
18%
A. girls
14%
7%
13%
A. no difference
67%
73%
68%
A. no response
1%
0%
1%

Q. What is the parent reaction to cheating incidents? (Check all that apply)

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. angry at student
66%
60%
66%
A. angry at teacher
30%
33%
30%
A. unconcerned
42%
33%
43%
A. justifies cheating
36%
40%
37%
A. no response
4%
0%
3%
Teacher Cheating:

Q. Have you ever helped a student complete or correct an answer on a standardized test?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. yes
11%
20%
12%
A. no
89%
80%
88%

Q. Have you, in your student days, ever cheated?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. yes
54%
93%
57%
A. no
46%
7%
42%
A. no response
1%
0%
1%

Q. Do you think that merit pay will make you more likely to cheat?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. yes
23%
13%
22%
A. no
76%
87%
77%
A. no response
1%
0%
1%

Q. Do you feel that the pressure of standardized testing makes it more likely that teachers will cheat?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. yes
78%
33%
74%
A. no
22%
54%
24%
A. no response
2%
13%
2%

Q. Do you feel that cheating by a teacher is ever justified?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. yes
10%
13%
11%
A. no
89%
87%
88%
A. no response
1%
0%
1%

Q. Do you feel that revocation of the teaching license/certificate is a fair consequence of being caught cheating?

 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. yes
39%
33%
39%

A. maybe

5%
0%
5%

A. no

54%
53%
54%
A. no response
2%
14%
2%
Why? Teacher should model good morals, ethics; Depends on the circumstances; Too harsh a penalty - Blanket punishment never fair.
Q. What do you see as the most frequent reason behind teacher cheating?
 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. merit pay
9%
0%
8%
A. low student ability
9%
20%
10%
A. peer/district pressure
72%
73%
72%
A. no response
5%
0%
5%
A. other (please tell us)
5%
7%
5%
Comments: desire or expectation to succeed; loss of school accreditation; save reputation or job; testing, resulting in unfair comparison of students; no ideas; low salaries
Q. How do you protect yourself from accusations of cheating?
 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. not responsible to protect
3%
0%
3%
A. has a plan in place
20%
13%
19%
A. against personal ethics to cheat
21%
0%
19%
A. no plan in place -or- no response
56%
87%
59%
Please take a few minutes to tell us a little about yourself:
Q. Grade/age level:
 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. elementary
49%
53%
49%
A. middle school
26%
27%
26%
A. high school
21%
27%
21%
A. no response
4%
6%
4%
Q. State or country:
 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. USA
85%
100%
96%
A. Outside the USA
12%
0%
11%
A. No response
4%
0%
4%
Q. Urban/Suburban/Rural district:
 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. Urban
33%
43%
34%
A. Suburban
25%
0%
23%
A. Rural
34%
47%
35%
A. No response
8%
7%
8%
Q. Public/Private/Religious:
 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. Public
80%
93%
82%
A. Private
4%
0%
3%
A. Religious
11%
0%
10%
A. No response
5%
7%
5%
Q. Years taught:
 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. Range
1 to 34 years
1 to 21 years
1 to 34 years
A. Mean
12.8 years
8.86 years
11.9 years
A. Total years of experience
1,608 years
124 years
1,732 years
A. No response
5 persons
1 person
6 persons
Q. Degree:
 
Internet only:
Class only:
Total combined:
A. BS
51%
80%
54%
A. MS
43%
13%
40%
A. Ph.D.
2%
0%
2%
A. No response 4% 7% 4%

CONTRIBUTOR: Sally Engel
Thanks for all your hard work in creating this survey, and compiling answers, Sally!


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