Googling answers in real time as you take a test. Letting online lectures play on mute while you watch a movie instead. Typing in random letters and numbers as answers and receiving credit.
Those are all moves students and educators told me happen regularly in San Diego Unified’s online credit recovery courses.
On a recent visit to East Village High School, I even watched some of them do it.
There, I saw students Google quiz questions from their online courses and pull up websites where other students have uploaded answers. I saw one student type gobbledygook where short answers were supposed to go – and watched as the computer marked the answer as complete. And I talked with students who said everybody is doing it – whether it’s an online course offered by San Diego Unified or a charter school that offers similar online classes.
“Everyone is cheating. Left and right. Up and down. No matter where you are, someone is cheating. That’s a given,” said Daniel Martinez III, a senior at East Village High School.
Across the district, online courses are enabling thousands of students to get caught up on classes they previously failed – sometimes in a matter of days. But students also have access to the web as they take quizzes and tests, making it possible to find answers to the exact questions that appear on tests.
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SDUSD teacher and former iHigh teacher here....I want to clarify a couple of things. Yes, students can type gobbledy-gook and pass to the next screen/assignment. But that doesn't mean they're done with the assignment. There are teachers at iHigh (like myself) who grade the assignments. If they write nonsense in the answer box, I would fail them for that assignment and make them re-do it.
I am a Spanish teacher. I often had BS google translate answers. I failed kids for using google translate too.
Basically, the students don't "win" by cheating or pass the class.. At least not when I'm their teacher grading their work
The Spanish online program offered through Edgenuity is further contracted out to Middleburry Languages. There is very little writing in the actual Edgenuity courses. Oftentimes it's a practice activity that will award points for any answer typed.
All the iHigh teachers can check for plagiarism. That's not the issue. The issue is that iHigh teachers are powerless (as are we classroom teachers) to stop kids from googling answers. Entire answer keys are on sites like quizlet. This goes for the Spanish program as well.
I'm curious to ask why you left iHigh? My impression is all that the teachers do is grade work and answer students' email questions. There is zero lesson planning since Edgenuity made the course for you. As a classroom teacher, this strikes me as terribly boring. Maybe it's just not for me?
And equally immoral and unethical is the University of California is accepting these bogus online courses for admisessions credit.
Reputable online programs have the students take their tests at a proctored testing facility. The only reason not to have proctored testing is to insure the students will be able to pass easily. Ridiculous.
Well, the district appears to be near it's goal. They are on the verge of creating a totally Potemkin school system, a learning facade with nothing behind it.
Thank the lord I no longer have any children or grandchildren in any California public school.
@Sean M SDUSD teacher here. Yes, students do get grades. For credit recovery classes, the online class grade replaces the F. For first time courses, the grade in the online class has the same equivalency to a course taught in a traditional classroom. This is why these classes really devalue diplomas and make a mockery of learning.
Wow. No wonder this district is such a joke. Apparently honesty is not a core value of today's public school students.
@Kelly Donivan Students seem plenty honest. They showed Koran everything they did. When teachers give tests in regular classrooms, we sit them apart from one another, give out A and B versions of exams, etc. The temptation to cheat is always going to be there. They are kids. I think it's the adult's responsibility to ensure that the students are learning and that student grades have integrity and meaning behind them.
@espanolmatt @Kelly Donivan These students need to be held accountable. Why aren't there checks and balances in this process? This is a serious issue. Adults are failing kids; parents first and teachers second. Basic values are not present in today's society. My graduating senior wouldn't attempt to cheat. She knows she would be "toast" with me, her dad and the Dean of Students at her school. No shame.