Detecting Test Tampering at the Group Level

Authored by: James A. Wollack , Carol A. Eckerly

Handbook of Quantitative Methods for Detecting Cheating on Tests

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138821804
eBook ISBN: 9781315743097
Adobe ISBN: 9781317588108

10.4324/9781315743097.ch11

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Abstract

As a result of many high-profile incidents involving educators altering answer sheets to improve the test scores for their students, districts and states are becoming more pro-active about looking for evidence of test tampering. In addition, because many states and districts have not policed themselves to the satisfaction of the general public, it is now common for local and national media to conduct their own analyses to identify potential test tampering after test scores are released. However, despite the importance of detecting test tampering and the national attention that educator cheating has received, the fact remains that even within the field of data forensics, which is itself relatively new, erasure detection is an emerging research area in which there is widespread disagreement over how best to conduct such analyses. There are few established methods and little understanding of how well these approaches work.

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