Test Fraud in Minnesota Schools

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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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Nathan Thompson, PhD

Nathan Thompson earned his PhD in Psychometrics from the University of Minnesota, with a focus on computerized adaptive testing. His undergraduate degree was from Luther College with a triple major of Mathematics, Psychology, and Latin. He is primarily interested in the use of AI and software automation to augment and replace the work done by psychometricians, which has provided extensive experience in software design and programming. Dr. Thompson has published over 100 journal articles and conference presentations, but his favorite remains https://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=16&n=1.

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