I was just catching up on blog reading and came across one that really upset me. A new special education teacher could not understand how a kid with a kindergarten reading level could have scored over 80 on two of her regents exams. The teacher was tasked with writing an IEP and had no clue what to write. One set of scores showed the child to be severely disabled and the other showed him to be extremely proficient.
I don't know the teacher, the student or the school but I do know what I saw when I taught. I saw teachers leading students to the correct answers on regents exams. I saw grades that were failing on Friday end up passing on Monday. In the college I see kids who can barely write their names yet they have regents diplomas. Cheating has to be the answer. There is no other way.