Test Security — An Evolving FieldPosted: March 24, 2013
I was pleased to get an overview recently of the forthcoming “Handbook of Test Security“, an edited volume from James A. Wollack and John J. Fremer on an increasingly important topic in K12, Higher Education, certification and licensure arenas. As K12 adopts computer-based CCSS aligned end of year assessments, and K1314 / early college learning begins to live as much in cyberspace as on community college campuses, online assessment will become the norm even as the weekly news bulletins continue to make manifest just how woefully inadequate current test security measures are in almost every setting.
Improving awareness, and creating a common framework of understanding to talk about vulnerabilities, threats, risks and risk mitigation strategies is doing a good service. Examples, ideas and case studies around real-world test program failures will also create an opportunity for low-cost learning and provide food for thought for major test programs that have, by and large, managed to avoid highly public, large scale failures that collaboration gangs and organized test theft and “standard” infrastructure security vulnerabilities make a constant and growing risk for increasingly online, and global test programs.
About the authors: James A. Wollack is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he serves as the Director of Testing & Evaluation Services and the University of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing, and as the Research Director for the General Education Assessment. John J. Fremer is currently President, Caveon Consulting Services, and a Founder of Caveon Test Security, a company that helps prevent and detect test fraud, including cheating and test piracy.