COTS 2016 Program

October 18–20, 2016    Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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General Timeline of Events

Conference Workshops October 18, 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Conference Program October 19, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
October 20, 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Social Networking Reception October 19, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Tuesday, October 18
Workshop Check-in/Registration – lunch on your own 12:00–1:00
1 Workshop 1 1:00–2:45
Break 2:45–3:15
2 Workshop 2 3:15–5:00
General Conference Check-in – not needed if you attended workshops 5:00–7:00
Wednesday, October 19
Breakfast 7:00–8:00
3 Keynote Speaker – David Callahan
Break 9:30–9:45
Session 1 9:45–10:45
Break 10:45–11:00
Session 2 11:00–12:00
Lunch 12:00–1:00
Plenary Session 1:00–2:30
Break 2:30–2:45
Session 3 2:45–3:45
Break 3:45–4:00
Session 4 4:00–5:00
Poster Session 5:00–5:50
Social Networking Gathering 6:00–8:00
Thursday, October 20
Breakfast 7:00–8:00
Session 5 (90 min) 8:00–9:30
Break 9:30–9:45
Session 6 9:45–10:45
Break 10:45–11:00
Session 7 11:00–12:00
Lunch 12:00–1:00
Session 8 1:00–2:00

1 First Workshop Session Options

First Workshop Session Options
Test Security for State and District Testing Testing in K–12 entails unique exam security challenges. This workshop is designed specifically to address those challenges, providing a focus on fundamental test security practices to deter and detect potential test security breaches. Participants will leave with practical tools that can be used this academic year to improve test security at the State and District level.
Statistical Analysis of Test Fraud This workshop is for individuals adept at statistical analysis. Participants will go deeper into particular statistical and analytical processes that occur when testing data are analyzed for evidence of test fraud. Bring your laptop and come prepared to assess data sets.

2 Second Workshop Session Options

Second Workshop Session Options
Conducting a Test Security Investigation Even the strongest security protocols can be breached. This workshop addresses the steps to conduct a defensible test security investigation. Participants will learn effective methods for planning an investigation, gathering evidence, conducting interviews and preparing a report.
How the Design of a Test Can Reduce Security Problems Test design can either contribute to or help reduce exam security concerns. This workshop will focus on ways a testing program can exert control over the security of its exams from the outset, enabling test developers to build tools to deter and detect security problems into the exams and exam delivery systems.

3 Keynote Speaker – David Callahan

Keynote Speaker

David Callahan, co-founder of Demos and author of The Cheating Culture

David Callahan

In a cutthroat economic climate, everybody wants to get ahead, and decades of deregulation have made it easy to bend the rules. The author of The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead, David Callahan, offers explanations for the proliferation of cheating. He argues that when the middle class sees wealthy cheaters get away with nothing more than a slap on the wrist, it inspires them to follow suit.

Callahan is co-founder of the independent think tank Demos, a public policy center based in New York City that combines research and advocacy to strengthen democracy and expand economic opportunity within the United States. It focuses on creating an open resource of knowledge and learning that operates beyond traditional parties, identities, and disciplines.

Callahan is the author of Trading Up as well as three books on US foreign policy and international affairs, including Unwinnable Wars: American Power and Ethnic Conflict. His latest book, Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America, was published in 2010. His articles have appeared in The American Prospect, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post. He has also been a frequent commentator on television programs on CBS, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and PBS and has been a regular guest on radio talk shows across the United States, including such NPR programs as “The Connection,” “Morning Edition,” and “The Tavis Smiley Show.”

Prior to co-founding Demos, Callahan was a fellow at the Century Foundation, engaging in wide-ranging public policy research and analysis.

David Callahan frequently speaks about issues of ethics and integrity to universities, corporations, and various associations, explaining how our cheating culture originated and offering solutions to fix it.

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