The Deterrence Lockbox
Spring 2019
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Whether for small programs or testing behemoths, certification exams or state assessments, standard setters or testing innovators, The Lockbox is a catalyst that seeks to provoke and drive this industry's dialogue on test security. With a mix of in-depth articles, interviews, and multi-media features, The Lockbox brings the how, what, and why of test protection to center stage.
Whether for small programs or testing behemoths, certification exams or state assessments, standard setters or testing innovators, The Lockbox is a catalyst that seeks to provoke and drive this industry's dialogue on test security. With a mix of in-depth articles, interviews, and multi-media features, The Lockbox brings the how, what, and why of test protection to center stage.
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Featured Articles
In-depth explorations of the latest and most pressing test security topics:
When a life-changing diagnosis required one father to trust his infant child to a team of medical "professionals", he couldn't help but reflect on the importance of valid certifications, and on the real-world implications that test security values stand for.
Find out why the least utilized component of the Test Security Process is vital for defending the validity of exam scores. This article provides the foundation for understanding just what deterrence is, and the positive effect it can have on test security.
How are our colleagues deterring test fraud? Find out what testing professionals from the K-12, higher education, and certification communities think of deterrence, and why they use it to protect their exams.
In the words of Helen Keller, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Let's draw on the insight and wisdom of our colleagues as we work together in pursuit of increased test security, fairness, and exam validity.
Proctoring has been used for security purposes for over 1,500 years, yet our understanding of its impact is cursory. Read on to learn about proctoring's effectiveness in addressing test threats—You might be surprised to discover where proctors excel, and where they may need extra support.
Behavioral design can be used to encourage individuals to drive the speed limit, exercise, and even follow test security policies. In this article, Dr. Cynthia G. Parshall and Dr. John Fremer suggest practical methods for using behavior "nudges" to encourage ethical behavior in test-takers.
More Reads
Brief test security exposés, interviews, and advice columns for those who are short on time
In brief...
Investigate the theory of deterrence, understand the differences between specific and general strategies, and learn how to incorporate the components of severity, certainty, and celerity into your deterrence program.
What happens when the women of the assessment industry gather together for drinks and hors d'oeuvres? Relationships are strengthened, a cause is established, and others' lives are uplifted. Find out how you can get involved at next year's pre-ATP Women in Testing Reception.
Get to know your colleagues in the test security industry a little bit better as they answer fun and intriguing questions from Marcel Proust's 18th-century parlor game.
Perhaps the most compelling way to deter potential wrongdoers is to tell them how you detect and prevent fraud. Appeal to their moral integrity, educate them about the consequences of fraudulent behavior, and convince them that the likelihood of getting caught is too high to be worth the risk.
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