Today, 71 students of Battery Park City’s Stuyvesant High School are being ordered to retake their year-end exam scores. This announcement comes after Stuyvesant High School and New York Public School administrators uncovered and investigated a widespread cheating network in this special-choice and super competitive school.
School and system officials report that the Regent scams affected by the Battery Park City Stuyvesant scandal include English, U.S. history and physics, and Spanish. Some of those tests are required for high school graduation.
On June 18th, Stuyvesant principal Stanley Teitel confiscated a students cell phone during a Spanish language regents exam. However, upon examining the students cell phone, he found photo text messages which suggested that students had been sharing information about the exam. After further investigation 6 students are to face suspension in addition to the 71 students having to retake their regents exam.
Six students will face suspensions as a result of the probe, including the student at the center of the initial incident, who is accused of using his cellphone to share photographs of several exams last month, as well as another student caught cheating on a test by passing notes.
Further disciplinary actions are expected to be taken against the students at the center of this scandal. Meanwhile, many state that the cheating policy at Batter Park City’s Stuyvesant high school is ineffective, as the high pressure environment induces intellectual corner cutting.
While public school chancellor Dennis Walcott cited this scandal as further need for the current public school cellphone ban, critics argue that a more fair implementation via metal detection installation (as they are almost uniformly present in poorer schools) would have prevented this method of high tech cheating Battery Park City’s Stuyvesant.