(PASCO COUNTY, FLA) — Three former Florida high school teachers are under arrest for allegedly taking part in a testing scam for money.
An investigation from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) said teachers at Hudson High provided copies of the exam as “study guides” for the students.
An anonymous tip led to the arrest of the three former Pasco County high school teachers for fraudulently helping students pass state agricultural industry certification exams.
Authorities said they were alerted by Agriculture Education Services and Technology, a subsidiary of the Florida Farm Bureau, after after an anonymous student came forward with a tip about rampant test cheating.
After more tips, a statewide audit uncovered that students at Hudson High finished a 50 to 100 question test in five minutes, with more students passing than any other test site in the state.
Also, teachers were paid $25 to $50 for every test that students passed and the school district received hundreds for each passed test.
As a result of the investigation, more than a thousand certification exams will be invalidated.
The teachers were arrested Wednesday and face charges of running an organized scheme to defraud, a second-degree felony.
“They (the teachers) took advantage of students for personal gain, and that kind of behavior is shocking to teachers everywhere who sacrifice for their students every day,” Pasco schools Superintendent Kurt Browning said in a statement.