Virginia High School Allows Cheating Students to Retake Tests

By Staff | November 18, 2010 | 8:07 AM EST

( – A Fairfax County high school last month told teachers to let cheating students retake tests so they wouldn’t receive zeros, the Washington Post reported.

In a Nov. 5 e-mail to teachers, West Potomac High School Principal Cliff Hardison said cheating should "result in a disciplinary consequence separate from an academic consequence."

This is the same Fairfax County high school that asked teachers to mostly banish F's from report cards, the newspaper said.

According to the Washington Post, Hardison – responding to complaints from parents and teachers – later reverted to the old policy of giving zeroes to cheaters, at the same time giving teachers the option of offering retakes.

Individual departments will be discussing the issue as the school makes broader changes to its grading system.

The shifting policies at West Potomac, in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, have prompted a group called Real World, Real Grades to set up a Facebook page this week.

See Newspaper Roundup and Washington Post article