ACADEMIC INTEGRITY FOCUS AT CLEAR LAKE HIGH SCHOOL
Students Disciplined for Cheating
League City, Texas - The Clear Creek Independent School District is committed to developing students who are self-directed learners, take pride in their schoolwork and contribute positively to the school community. It is with these goals in mind, students who cheated on the English IV final exam at Clear Lake High School will be disciplined in accordance to district policy. Disciplinary action for approximately 60 students is underway with more to follow in the upcoming weeks. “Academic integrity is at the core of student, campus and district success. We are taking this situation seriously and ask for parent and public patience as we diligently work through each case on an individual basis,” said Dr. Alex Torrez, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education. “I am proud of the way the campus staff has handled this unfortunate situation and the collaborative spirit among parents and students. The school district is also reviewing testing procedures and will make improvements where needed.”
On January 3, 2012, parents and students at Clear Lake High School were notified a large number of students were suspected of cheating on the English IV final exam. This suspicion prompted the school district to disqualify the test for all students at Clear Lake High School, giving students an option to either retake the final exam or have their final grade calculated without the final exam score. This was an immediate step while the campus administration fully investigated the matter. Students who cheated will have a final exam score of zero calculated in their final grade and may face additional punishment as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. “Our hope is that the students who cheated realize excellence is worth the effort, cheating is not,” said Dr. Greg Smith, Superintendent of Schools. “We are looking at this as more than a final exam but also as an opportunity to learn a life-long lesson.” The president of the Clear Creek Independent School District Board of Trustees echoes those sentiments. “While school board members are disappointed this incident occurred, we are pleased with the way staff has handled the investigation. We are also confident that leaders, not only at Clear Lake High School but at all campuses, will reinforce the value and benefits of academic integrity,” said Dee Scott, Board President.
Last week, Clear Lake High School Principal Debra Dixon addressed the senior class during a special assembly on integrity and honesty. Furthermore, Dixon is establishing a campus-based task force to develop programs and strategies to reinforce the value of strong character and ethical behavior. “Strong character and academic integrity comprise the following values and beliefs we hold dear: honesty, integrity, fairness, respect and responsibility. We move forward looking toward a bright future and letting go of the adverse situation Clear Lake High School has experienced, not forgetting, but forgiving, in the sense that we don't let what happened define us, or allow it to continue to hurt us.”