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Middleton-Cross Plains School Dist. clarifies cell phone rule after cheating allegations

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- The Middleton-Cross Plains School District clarifies its rule on using cell phones during tests after allegations of cheating at Middleton High School.

Communications Director Perry Hibner says this is not a new policy and did not need school board approval, but the district sent parents a message last week telling them staff members would collect all cell phones before any test at the high school level. Parents got the message Wednesday and the rule took effect Thursday. Hibner said most teachers were already collecting cell phones before tests.

The district is still investigating the cheating allegation. Last week, the school board got an update from an associate principal, who went through test scores from the incident in question. All students taking calculus had to retake the test, and scores from the retake were on average, three percent lower than the original test. The administrator said that doesn't necessarily prove cheating as the lower scores could be the result of something else, like students not remembering all the material.

Hibner says any students whose second test score was 10 percent or more lower than the first, will be questioned by administrators about why that may have been.

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