New Statistics Show Students Cheating Less

Published 11/26 2012 10:48AM

Updated 11/26 2012 10:53AM

As students head back to school after Thanksgiving break, more high school students could end up on Santa's "nice" list this year.

A new survey finds the percentage of teens who admit to cheating, lying, or stealing dropped for the first time in a decade. The Josephson Institute of Ethics surveyed 23-thousand high school students. Fifty-one percent say they had cheated on an exam in the past year. 

That's down from 59-percent in 2010. 20-Percent say they had stolen from a store in the past year. That's down from 27-percent. And the number of students who admitted they lied to a teacher about something significant dropped from 61-percent to 55-percent.

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