Boston, MASSACHUSETTS–21 June 2004–Caveon Test Security unveils today test security solutions for standardized testing in State schools at The Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) 34 th National Conference on Large-Scale at the Boston Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Massachusetts.
At the annual CCSSO conference, Drs. James Impara and John Fremer, Co-founders and Senior Security Directors for Caveon Test Security, bring to this quickly changing marketplace test security solutions that help State Assessment Directors detect, remediate and prevent cheating and fraud on standardized state school examinations.
“Standardized tests that yield valid results are critical to education,” notes Jim Impara, a 38 year veteran of the testing industry and a former State Assessment Director in Florida and Oregon, “not only do they help select individuals for programs and institutions but key funding under ‘No Child Left Behind’ (NCLB) is tied to the outcome of these tests.” Because the stakes have been raised so also must the security surrounding these critical tests be raised.
Caveon, a test security firm formed in 2003 by testing industry veterans to address the issues of test cheating and piracy, has focused directly on the Education market to give State programs the weapons they need to combat the growing incidents of cheating. “The incentive for even teachers to manipulate test results to ensure continued program funding is unprecedented,” says John Fremer who recently left a long career with ETS to co-found Caveon. “While the vast majority of teachers and districts will comply forthrightly with standardized requirements like those under NCLB, we need to have safeguards in place to ensure uniform compliance.” At the CCSSO conference Caveon Data Forensics are unveiled as a set of highly sensitive statistical tools designed to detect aberrant test taking patterns. These tools, deployed by each individual State, flag irregular test-taker patterns which may indicate isolated incidents of cheating. States deploying this new technology show that they are serious about the integrity of their testing programs and are sending a deterrent signal to individuals that cheating or manipulation of results is not tolerated.
Other security services offered by Caveon include Caveon Security Audits. These in-depth interrogations of a testing procedures in schools, districts and States reveal security strengths as well as areas for improvement. Out of these thorough inspections of a testing program an organization can have a Security Plan or a Security Breach Action Plan created. “Most importantly, Caveon Security Audits help build proper procedures and best practices for producing fair and equitable test results in schools,” remarked David Foster, Ph.D. Caveon’s President and lead Psychometrician.
These security services as well as in-depth security consulting from Senior Security Directors are now available from Caveon Test Security.
Caveon is the first test security firm to offer focused services to combat test fraud and piracy with detection services to identify security breaches, remediation services to confirm suspicions and leverage legal processes to halt abuses of sensitive test information, and prevention services to secure tests from compromise. Caveon is derived from the Latin word Caveo, meaning “to keep safe,” “to guard” and “to protect,” and was founded by psychometric and testing experts who also founded Galton Technologies, Inc. Caveon does not provide test development, delivery, or data management services.