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Cheaters Never Prosper

Though the Atlanta case is the largest standardized test cheating scandal to ever come to light, adult tampering with student testing is depressingly widespread. A 2013 U.S. Government Accountability Office investigationfound evidence of cheating in 40 states. A 2003 study by economists Brian Jacob and Steven Levitt reported probable teacher cheating in 4 to 5 percent of Chicago classrooms; the researchers found cheating on tests became more prevalent after the district threatened to shut down failing schools and hold low-performing students back a grade.