Test Security is a Matter of Fairness
Written by Wayne Camara, Horace Mann Research Chair at ACT
There are nearly 20 separate standards which reference test security or issues related to security in the Standards. Procedural fairness is the most salient example of where cheating or other malfeasant behaviors can threaten both the fairness of assessments and the validity of score interpretations. Standard 3.4 states “test takers should receive comparable treatment during the test administration and scoring process” (p.65). This standard reinforces the importance of standardization. Cheating or other issues related to security threaten the comparability of treatment and may provide an unfair advantage to one or more test takers, especially in a highly competitive environment…….