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KU hosts test fraud conference in May

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Center for Education Testing and Evaluation (CETE) at the University of Kansas will host the Conference on Statistical Detection of Potential Test Fraud on May 23 – 24. This conference will be the first scholarly conference focusing on statistical approaches to identifying test fraud, a growing concern as methods of test administration evolve and new ways of committing test fraud increase.

“Test fraud undermines test validity and discredits the integrity of test results,” said Neal Kingston, director of CETE. “This conference provides researchers with the opportunity to learn about, share, and discuss those statistical methods that testing organizations have developed and used over the years to look for test fraud. We’re excited to provide this forum for scholars and those working in the testing field to examine a variety of test fraud methods with their colleagues in a conference format, something that has not happened before.”

The conference is made possible by the generous support of sponsoring organizations: ACT, Inc., Caveon Test Security, College Board, Data Recognition Corporation, Educational Testing Service, Graduate Management Admission Council, Law School Admission Council, Pearson, and the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment.

Themes of the conference include:

  • Answer changing behaviors (including erasure analysis)
  • Macro-level cheating (schools)
  • Similarities in test responses
  • Detection of aberrant responses
  • The use of multiple statistical methods to detect test fraud
  • Test security

Conference location is the University of Kansas Union. Conference registration costs $75. Registration deadline is April 20. Visit the conference website at www.cete.us/conference2012/ to register online or to download a registration form, which includes hotel information. Registration fee includes bus transportation options to and from Lawrence from the Kansas City International airport, transportation from Lawrence hotels to the conference facility, and all meals (breakfast, lunch, and a dinner buffet reception on May 23; breakfast and lunch on May 24).

Visit the conference website for a full schedule, hotel information, and details on the presenters and their sessions. If you have questions, call (785) 864-9690 or e-mail rcon@ku.edu.

For more than 30 years, CETE has developed cutting-edge, large-scale testing programs and technology tools, including the Kansas Assessment Program, Dynamic Learning Maps, KWIET writing tool, and Adaptive Reading Motivation Measures. It has partnered with the Kansas State Department of Education to deliver a variety of assessment services under the Kansas Assessment Program, the comprehensive assessment system Kansas schools use to determine whether a student learns the intended curriculum. CETE also offers online training resources, practice tests, and tutorials to help prepare students and educators for the Kansas assessments.

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