Local Newspaper Discusses Test Fraud
The St. Paul Pioneer Press recently published an article on instances of test fraud and security breaches experienced in K-12 assessments in the State of Minnesota (where Assessment Systems is located). The article does a good job at explaining some of the issues:
- The root issue is that the State needs to protect the massive investment it has made in their assessments, and how the validity of the assessments is crucial in making important decisions. Test fraud has a negative impact, wasting taxpayer money among other negative outcomes.
- It is noteworthy that there are no stakes for the students tied to the assessments mentioned; that is, they stand nothing to gain by cheating or stealing. Of course, the vast majority of student and proctors are upright!
- When it comes to test security, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so MN has focused on the prevention. I am excited to hear, however, that they are considering the use of statistical indices.
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