No cellphones during high school tests

CREATED Jan. 20, 2014

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MIDDLETON, Wis. (AP) -- Students at Middleton High School will no longer have access to their cellphones during test times.

The new policy follows allegations of widespread cheating. Teachers will collect all electronic devices from students before tests are distributed and won't return them until tests are collected.

Middleton-Cross Plains School District spokesman Perry Hibner tells the State Journal (http://bit.ly/1ifZysw ) math and science teachers are also creating more than one version of a test to discourage cheating.

The policy comes after allegations that students cheated on a December calculus test. All calculus students were required to retake the exam. Hibner says scores on the second exams were 3 percent lower overall than the first test.

School administrators received anonymous letters alleging students were sharing or selling cellphone photos of the test questions.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj