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Test-cheat probe may yield more arrests

BY EMILY NGO

emily.ngo@newsday.com

As many as nine students and former students and four other individuals suspected of being paid to assume students’ identities – and take the SAT and ACT exams on their behalf – will surrender tomorrow, said a source close to the investigation into a cheating scandal that has enveloped Nassau County.

The expected arrests come as at least four more schools are implicated in the probe: Great Neck South High School; Roslyn High School; St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset; and North Shore Hebrew Academy High School in Great Neck, according to the source.

The source would not disclose whether students from the newly implicated schools would be among those to turn themselves in tomorrow at the Nassau district attorney’s office.

Roslyn’s superintendent of schools yesterday sought to emphasize that the investigation targets individuals, saying in a statement that the school district has “no direct involvement with these exams” because the standardized tests used toward college admissions are “administered by private organizations.”

“Any suggestion that law enforcement officials are investigating school districts is without merit,” Superintendent Dan Brenner said in the statement.

Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education vice president Fran Langsner declined to answer questions, saying only: “This is an ongoing investigation. We are cooperating with the district attorney’s office.”

Attempts to reach St. Mary’s and North Shore Hebrew Academy were unsuccessful.

Some students who prosecutors said cheated on exams cannot be charged because the tests were more than two years ago, exceeding the statute of limitations for misdemeanors.

Prosecutors in September arrested seven current and former students from Great Neck North High School, charging they are part of a cheating ring.

 

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