Published Online: February 19, 2013
Published in Print: February 20, 2013, as Cheating

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"Testing Integrity Symposium: Issues and Recommendations for Best Practices"

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A report from the federal Institute of Education Sciences has recommendations for preventing, detecting, and responding to cheating and other irregularities in computer-based and regular standardized tests.

The publication draws on information gathered after a request for information on best practices for testing integrity put out by the U.S. Department of Education, from a symposium on testing integrity held last year, and from other guidelines.

In the category of prevention, for example, the guidelines urge districts to develop a definition of cheating, to focus on high-risk threats such as sharing test items ahead of time, and to ensure that all students take the test at the same time or close to it, among other recommendations.

Vol. 32, Issue 21, Page 5

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