Security Vulnerabilities Facing Next Generation Accountability Testing

Authored by: Joseph A. Martineau , Daniel Jurich , Jeffrey B. Hauger , Kristen Huff

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.ch15

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Abstract

Test security has been a scholarly concern for many decades (Cizek, 1999). Cheating behavior and other security breaches can call into question the validity of decisions made on the basis of examinees’ scores. To protect the validity of those scores and the credibility of resulting decisions, it is important not only to deter such behaviors but also to detect and respond to them. This chapter considers test security in the context of recent developments in accountability testing, particularly focused on assessments based on new and more rigorous content standards focusing on higher level skills, such as constructing an argument and critiquing and analysis. Recent examples include the Common Core State Standards (National Governors Association & Council of Chief State School Officers, 2010) or similar standards such as those of Texas and Alaska (Conley, Drummond, de Gonzalez, Seburn, Stout, & Rooseboom, 2011; Haymes, 2013), and the Next Generation Science Standards (Achieve, Inc., 2015).

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