When Numbers are not Enough

Collection and Use of Collateral Evidence to Assess the Ethics and Professionalism of Examinees Suspected of Test Fraud

Authored by: Marc J. Weinstein

Handbook of Quantitative Methods for Detecting Cheating on Tests

Print publication date:  October  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138821804
eBook ISBN: 9781315743097
Adobe ISBN: 9781317588108


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This chapter provides an overview of methods used to identify, collect and preserve information and evidence, collateral to examination results, for the purpose of identifying examinees whose conduct falls short of a test sponsor’s standards for ethics, character and professionalism. 1 As an overview, the chapter does not address in detail all of the potential sources of collateral evidence a test sponsor may collect, or provide examples of the utility of every type of collateral evidence identified herein. The chapter is merely intended as a starting point to consider these issues and, through the use of the hypothetical investigation scenarios described herein, to promote discussion among professionals in the testing community about best practices for identifying, collecting and preserving collateral evidence of test fraud.

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