Cheating scandal: Feds say teachers hired stand-in to take their certification tests

It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms.

For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the tests in their place, authorities said. Each time, Mumford received a fee of between $1,500 and $3,000 to send one of his test ringers with fake identification to the Praxis exam. In return, his customers got a passing grade and began their careers as cheaters, according to federal prosecutors in Memphis.

Authorities say the scheme affected hundreds — if not thousands — of public school students who ended up being taught by unqualified instructors.

» via NBC News

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  3. saladgoesmoo reblogged this from infoneer-pulse and added:
    …..WHAT!? Are you freaking kidding me? My teacher had a student that had taken the Praxis test 5 times and continued on...
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  5. missroeh reblogged this from allisonunsupervised and added:
    When I was 21, the Sec of State messed up and due to such, my drivers license signature is not, in fact, my signature. I...
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  8. absent-minded-medousa reblogged this from iamlittlei and added:
    $1,500 to $3,000 for this? All so that you don’t have to do a little studying? Not only did they get cheating cheaters...
  9. laprofesorarevolucionaria reblogged this from monasequeda
  10. allisonunsupervised reblogged this from iamlittlei and added:
    EXACTLY. I’m a good test taker, but good lord. Embarrassingly easy is exactly the right description.
  11. iamlittlei reblogged this from monasequeda and added:
    While I am not convinced that the Praxis is a perfect indicator of teacher competency, it is an embarrassingly easy...
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  13. aboxfullofdarkness reblogged this from infoneer-pulse and added:
    This is horrific. These people can’t call themselves educators.
  14. hitokiridarkempress reblogged this from infoneer-pulse and added:
    …and we’re being lectured about academic integrity and not to cheat…why exactly?
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  16. windycitylibrarian reblogged this from monasequeda and added:
    I….don’t remember. 0_o
  17. neverbeengoodatpickingusernames reblogged this from infoneer-pulse and added:
    You gotta love USA
  18. keep-calm--float-on reblogged this from positivelypersistentteach and added:
    In PA they take palm vein imprint with a scanner thing. It was kinda creepy (considering it was just the pre-cert exam)...
  19. msformel reblogged this from positivelypersistentteach and added:
    In Florida you have your photograph taken before you take the exams and must bring 2 forms of valid ID (ie a driver’s...
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  21. coloursinaflower reblogged this from grayer and added:
    This is beyond reprehensible.
  22. grayer reblogged this from infoneer-pulse and added:
    In NY, they fingerprint you before you take a teacher certification exam.
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