The Las Vegas Sun reports that cheating on Nevada’s high-stakes tests increased slightly last school year, with cell phones serving as the device du jour for Nevada students seeking a dishonest advantage, according to a new report. In addition to the dozens of students who used cell phones to send text messages during exams, others were caught using calculators, copying answers, and peeking at cheat sheets. Forty-nine instances of cheating were reported statewide during the 2007-08 academic year, up from 47 the year before, according to the annual report by the state Education Department. Of the 49 incidents, 22 took place during the high school proficiency exam, a requirement for graduation. At Canyon Springs High School, six students were caught using cell phones to send text messages during the math and reading portions of the proficiency exam. At Clark High School, two students sent text messages to each other during the writing exam…

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