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Tuesday, October 07, 2014

ACT Report Reveals Lack of State Policy Around Computerized Testing

The ACT testing group released an issue brief in early October titled, "The End of Erasures: Updating Test Security Laws and Policies for Computerized Testing."   As part of the report, the group reviewed current state laws and found a lack of state policy around computerized testing and the potential for new types of cheating such as: 

  • educators logging in to tests to view questions or change student responses,
  • computer hacking,
  • keystroke logging, and
  • printing, emailing, or storing test information in a computer outside the test delivery system.

The report suggests that states take the following steps toward strengthening their testing environments:1) update state statutes and regulations to reflect the shift to computer-administered assessment, 2) focus on controlling test access, and 3) include clear and specific instructions for administrators in the test security section of an exam.