Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software’s Uneasy Glare

APRIL 5, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Before Betsy Chao, a senior here at Rutgers University, could take midterm exams in her online courses this semester, her instructors sent emails directing students to download Proctortrack, a new anti-cheating technology.

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Debate over test security vs. student privacy rages in the age of social media

March 23 at 5:45 PM 

A New Jersey student’s tweet about a question on new Common Core tests was deleted after it was flagged by a testing company, spurring a national debate about how to balance children’s privacy with test security in the age of social media.

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New SAT, New Problems

The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.

In his announcement last spring that a new version of the SAT would be launched in 2016, The College Board President David Coleman drew on a favorite buzzword: opportunity.

In his speech, Coleman finally acknowledged the common criticism that the current SAT has little to do with the work students do in high school and will do in college. He promised that the redesigned test would be more in tune with what happens in the classroom. "No longer will the SAT stand apart from the work of teachers in their classrooms," he said. The preview last week of 94 sample questions—half of which were previously released—from the redesigned test helps reveal whether the new SAT will deliver on its promise. Early indicators are not encouraging.

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2015 Conference Proposals Now Ready to Be Submitted

The NCTA website is now ready to accept proposal submissions for the September 9-12 annual conference in St. Pete, FL.

More information will be shared in the following weeks, but if you've already given the 2015 conference a great deal of thought and know that you've got within you a topic that you're anxious to discuss, then CLICK HERE .

Those submitting a proposal who wish to be considered for financial assistance to defray conference expenses because their university is unable to support their travel will have the option to indicate their need; a limited number of awards will be available for this purpose.

Details regarding a limited number of awards for first time conference (non-presenter) attendees will be made available in early spring of 2015.

Continue to visit the NCTA conference website for updates.