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Principal: CdM students bought test answers on Amazon

He doesn't know whether the teacher will discard test scores or have students retake test. Parents praise school's response.

January 04, 2012|By Amy Senk, Corona del Mar Today

Bryan said CdM High and this particular class are unlikely unique, and that cheating is a problem throughout the nation.

Students and teachers work together continually to combat cheating, which has included complicated maneuvers such as steaming off the labels of water bottles, writing notes and then reattaching them so that the answers are visible through the clear liquid. Water bottles aren't permitted on desk during tests now, he said.

Students sometimes feel pressure to cheat because they want to get good grades to satisfy parents or to get into college, according to research by the school's National Honor Society.

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Some parents Wednesday suggested that the school conduct an all-grades assembly about cheating, and that a letter be sent to parents discussing this event.

"We're going to have to take a look at all this," Bryan said. "But this is not a CdM-specific problem. It's getting harder and harder and harder for our kids to navigate their moral compass. There's a lot of pressure."

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