Education: The Great Exam Rip-Off

As they have every June for the past 96 years, high school students in New York fearfully awaited a series of tough statewide achievement tests that is unique in the nation. But last week the annual nightmare suddenly turned into every schoolboy's dream. As stories spread that copies of stolen answer keys were being sold in and around many of New York City's high schools, embarrassed officials were forced to cancel nine of the 21 tests, including those for English, Hebrew, social studies, biology, chemistry, physics and three different levels of mathematics.

It was the biggest cheating scandal to touch New York's...

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