Stuyvesant HS student caught cheating on standardized exam
In a world where standardized test are the most important thing when it comes to the school system we now put a 16 year old as the lead story on the news and in the news paper for cheating on a test. This person's future career is all but ruined over a common adolescent mistake that has happpened in schools forever. Do you think that making this national news is the right thing to do? This is a 16 year old for gods sake! Expelled? Possibly. Suspended? All for it. Forced to take the test again? Definitly.But front page news? Nationally? Thank you George Bush and No Child Left Behind for creating such importance on standardized tests in your quest to fire teachers. Again, how exactly is this helping?
In a stunning new cheating scandal, a student has been forced out of the city’s top public school — Stuyvesant High — over allegations he used a cell phone to give test answers to more than 50 other students.
The student, identified in an online petition as Nayeem Ahsan, was caught photographing the citywide Spanish exam last week, the Daily News has learned.
A proctor who noticed the suspect behavior searched Ahsan’s phone and discovered the boy also took pictures of his physics and English state Regents exams — and distributed the answers to classmates, sources said.
The junior was disciplined last week and will not be returning to Stuyvesant. The city Education Department would not discuss any specifics of the ongoing probe into the student’s shenanigans.
“The allegation of cheating is under investigation,” said Education Department spokeswoman Marge Feinberg.
In an online petition at change.org, Ahsan’s fellow students demanded his reinstatement in the school.
“Nayeem Ahsan is a valued member of the Stuyesant community,” says the petition, which misspelled the name of the school. “He plays an integral role in school morale, photographing all major school events among the countless other selfless deeds he's done for the class of 2013. His absence would leave the senior class of 2013 defunct. Expulsion from his home for the last three years is an exorbitant repercussion for his mistake, Nayeem does not deserve to have his future ripped out of his hands, simply so the administration can set an example.”
The petition drew 251 signatures.
Elite Stuyvesant High School in downtown Manhattan admits just the top tier of eighth-graders who ace the city’s exam for specialized high schools.
Each year, the school ships its graduates off to top colleges, and this year it boasted a third-place finish for the prestigious Intel prize — considered a junior Nobel award for scientific achievement.
The alumni rolls read like a who’s who of nationally recognized achievers, ranging from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to actor Tim Robbins.
The dozens of students who may have benefited from the cheating scandal have not yet been disciplined, sources said.
Their parents have been notified.
It’s not clear whether students solicited the answers and paid Ahsan or whether he acted on his own initiative.