Parents call for improved test security after honors students cheated at top-performing high school


Last year, Panther Creek made both Newsweek’s and The Washington Post’s lists of the nation’s top public high schools.
This year, educators were surprised at the names of some of the highest-ranking students involved in cheating.
The pressure is intense for students, but it is not proper to allow students to gain an advantage unfairly through cheating.
When this happens, others suffer.
A top-performing Wake County high school has been caught up in a cheating scandal involving some of its highest-scoring students.
Wake County school officials said Thursday that five juniors at Panther Creek High School were implicated in up to three incidents of cheating, including distributing copies of an exam. School administrators did not identify what type of test was involved.
Students and parents at the northwestern Cary school say some of the students cited for cheating had been among the top 10 percent in academic rank in the junior class.