Monday, October 17, 2011

Satellite Tracking Systems Used to Prevent Exam Theft

Is testing a big business or what?

Bruce McDougall reports in the October 17, 2011 issue of the Daily Telegraph how the theft of a box of completed NAPLAN tests from a primary school in Australia caused a change in test security policy.

The article, entitled "War on HSC Cheats Beefed Up With New Satellite Tracking Technology to Prevent Exam Paper Theft" discusses how "The 13 million pages of exam papers and 1.75 million answer booklets will be sent to test centres across the state in hi-tech tamper-proof packaging with special bar codes that can pinpoint their location at any time." Exam authorities are also cracking down on cheating in the exam room and are requiring students to take a special course on ethics, plagiarism and copyright.

I think it is interesting how technology is being used to handle a "low" technology (paper and pencil) test.

Click HERE to read the article in its entireity.

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