Caveon Professionals Contribute to Highly-Regarded Industry Publication

We are pleased to announce that two of Caveon’s own, Marc Weinstein, Vice President, Investigative Services, and Dennis Maynes, Chief Scientist, contributed chapters to the recently released Handbook of Quantitative Methods for Detecting Cheating on Tests.

The Handbook of Quantitative Methods for Detecting Cheating on Tests collects the current best practices for detecting security problems on exams. The book focuses on specific areas such as detecting preknowledge, collusion, unusual gains and answer changes, and item compromise. The chapters in the book were written by more 30 thought leaders in the field who have also promoted the Conference on Test Security as a means to ensure that practitioners are empowered with current best practices for strengthening exam security through quantitative analysis.

Dennis Maynes contributed two chapters to the Handbook. The first provides one of the best-known methods for analyzing the results of individual test takers; it includes innovative ways to depict and present potential collusion on exams. The second chapter advances the art by identifying potential groups and rings of colluders using cluster analysis. The simulation work done by James Wollack, Director, Testing & Evaluation Services, UW Center for Placement Testing, in this chapter is especially impressive and compelling. “I was honored with the invitation to contribute to  the Handbook, which summarizes the best thinking in the world on detecting collusion, proxy test taking, and test coaching,” says Maynes.

Marc Weinstein’s chapter addresses how, in some situations, in addition to determining whether test fraud has occurred, it is also critical to determine whether the person who committed the fraud fails to meet the high standards of ethics and/or professionalism required by the test sponsor. “I am proud to have my chapter published alongside the work of many of the best and brightest minds in testing and assessment,” says Weinstein. “The book is a substantial reference resource and includes numerous innovative and scientifically-sound methods that test sponsors can use to detect potential test fraud and item exposure.”

For a limited time, the publisher is offering a discount on the Handbook. This book is a “must-have” for every program that uses secure tests and assessments to make important decisions.

If you have questions about the Handbook, or anything related to test security, please email or call 801-208-0103.