Politics & Government

Educators who cheat on tests could face criminal charges

The Senate Education Committee unanimously passed a bill to make it a crime for educators to cheat on any state tests. The measure now goes to the full Senate.

Senate Bill 64 would make it unlawful for educators to allow students to see test questions prior to the test, copy any test booklets, provide guidance or answer keys during the test, or correct student answers afterwards.

Any charges could be reported to a prosecuting attorney or the attorney general for investigation. Punishment would include fines of up to $1,000 and an investigation by the Education Professional Standards Board.

The bill comes in the wake of a cheating scandal in Perry County in 2010 on the ACT test. Recently, the standards board suspended the educational certificates of two employees implicated in the matter.

Cheating is already against state education rules, but there are no criminal charges attached.