Apr 25, 2013 9:45 PM by Cameron Polom, KSBY News

Student disciplined for taking photo of test

A student from Righetti High School in Santa Maria has been disciplined after district officials say she snapped a photo of a state test and posted it online.

The school only found out about the incident after the picture showed up on the web.

According to the district, the student was not cheating but it does highlight the problem between technology and the classroom.

"We know that a student recognized their name in one of the problems on their test," said school superintendent John Davis.

According to the district, the student pulled out a cell phone and snapped a photo of the question. She then posted it to Instagram, a popular photo sharing web site.

School officials emphasize this was not a case of cheating but clearly violated testing policy.

We asked students if they've ever seen anyone using a cell phone to cheat.

"Yes constantly, plenty of times," said a group of students.

"It's easy to hide," said one senior.

"The students are supposed to put their devices away and not have access to them during the testing. Usually that means stow them in your backpack, out of sight, out of mind," said Davis.

School officials say other schools within the district have their own policies which include a tag and bag rule where students actually hand over phones to the teacher who holds onto them until after the exam; however, it's clear that schools not operating this way are leaving the door open for cheating.

Davis says they are working on a district-wide policy that will align more with the tag and bag option.



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