Security Risk Assessment

Posted by AndrewW on Mar 17, 2015 3:53:06 PM

Everyone understands the value and importance of test security. It is one of the most critical aspects of any assessment program and one that requires constant attention because of the potential damage that can be done to a program’s brand and reputation. In this post, we will review the three broad categories that are essential in any security program – prevention, detection, and enforcement – along with an overview of what can be done within each area. In future posts, we will discuss greater detail on each area, and provide specific examples as well as a discussion of some innovative solutions that organizations have developed. While these broad categories certainly contain a fair amount of overlap and dependencies across each category, it can be useful to talk about each one, because it can highlight the steps required within each.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Our Perspective

Alpine Testing Solutions Welcomes Tracey Hembry as new Psychometrician

Posted by Emily Barnes on Mar 17, 2015 11:46:00 AM

DURHAM, NC - Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc. is pleased to announce Tracey Hembry as our newest Psychometrician. Tracey will be working with both the Education and the Professional Credentialing teams.

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Topics: Press Release

Alpine launches into ATP 2015

Posted by ShaneF on Feb 26, 2015 2:48:11 PM

Perhaps the most amazing part of the ATP show is the amount of information packed into just three days. With great keynote speakers, a thriving exhibitor hall, and over 100 informative workshops, demos and breakout sessions it’s easy to get a severe case of FOMS (Fear of Missing Something).

When planning out your days, we invite you to keep in mind that seven of Alpine’s top testing professionals will be participating in what promise to be some of the most informative and eye opening sessions on the lineup.

MONDAY, March 2nd, 11:30am - 12:30pm: Don't Be Late to the Game - Security Should Not Be An Afterthought
Jill Burroughs will provide practical information and resources to assist attendees in how to develop a holistic security plan that takes into consideration every phase of the credentials life cycle. Test sponsors presenting will give examples of how their programs have worked test security mitigation strategies into their programs and how others can do the same.
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MONDAY, March 2nd, 4:00pm-5:00pm: “If at first you don’t succeed: An Analysis and Interpretation”
Alpine’s Amanda Wolkowitz and Susan Becker-Davis will participate in a panel discussion about testing, measurement and psychometrics with Jared Zurn, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and Jack Terry, National Board of Examiners in Optometry as they have an in depth discussion about the analysis and interpretation of candidate retake response patters.
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 8:30am-10am: “The top 5 Mistakes in Performance Testing (and how to avoid them).”
Scott Russell will be joined in a panel with EW Looney from Brightlink and Jack Terry from NBEO as they discuss the options beyond standard selected-response item types for human scored performance. They’ll point out the most common mistakes made during the development and administration of performance items, as well as real-world strategies for how these mistakes can be avoided.
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 10:30am – 12:00pm “Measuring, Monitoring and Improving the Quality of Item Pools”
Andrew Wiley will be joined by Jeremy Dugosh and Louis Grosso from the American Board of Internal Medicine as they discuss the vital importance of maintaining item pools that are both balanced against content and statistical specification and large enough to support test administration and security demands to ensure successful testing programs.
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 1:15pm – 2:25pm “Maximizing Exam Security through Susceptibility of Various Item Types”
Alpine’s Lisa O’Leary and Russell Smith will be joined by Patrick Irwin from Cisco, Sara Rupp from CompTIA and Liberty Munson from Microsoft for a lively discussion on the importance of item types. There is often an unintended advantage regardless of source (exposure, prior knowledge, or cheating) that presents persistent and pervasive threats to the validity of the interpretation and use of test scores resulting from certification exams. Most research has focused on the susceptibility of selected-response items to exposure, collusion, piracy, and other types of test fraud. However, the content domain and delivery mode of IT certification exams has led to the increased development and use of performance item types, such as simulations. Some argue that these item types are memorable; others contend that exposure has less impact.
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 4:15pm – 5:15pm “Subscores: Relevance and Reporting”
Alpine’s Jill R. van den Heuvel and Lisa O’Leary will be joined by Kenneth Salchow from F5 and Jessi Mielke from Esri to discuss the relevance and reporting of subscores. This session will spotlight two IT certification programs and examine whether or not reporting subscores would be meaningful and how to report them to ensure appropriate inferences. Attendees will be provided with practical information and resources to assist in determining if subscores should be reported for their programs and how those scores might be reported. Information regarding a framework for contextualizing the score reporting process will also be provided.
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We hope to see you at the show, at one of our panel discussions, our stop by our booth. ATP is always one of our favorite events, and this year promises to be another great one!

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How Many Response Options are Enough?

Posted by Jill van den Heuvel on Sep 24, 2014 11:00:33 AM

A frequent question during item development is how many response options should be presented for each item. The answer: it depends.

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Topics: Thought Leadership

Alpine's headed to Hungary...for E-ATP

Posted by ShaneF on Sep 12, 2014 1:54:15 PM

Alpine is proud to announce that two of our psychometricians have been asked to present at E-ATP 2014. Held in Budapest, Hungary from September 24-26, 2014, both Lisa O'Leary and Andrew Wiley will be presenting topics related to security in the testing industry. For detailed information related to E-ATP please visit their website.

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Alpine Testing Solutions Welcomes Darrin Arlt as senior controller

Posted by Emily Barnes on Aug 18, 2014 7:45:45 PM

 

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Topics: Press Release

Alpine Testing Solutions Welcomes Michael Andrews as new software developer

Posted by Emily Barnes on Jul 21, 2014 7:24:02 PM

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Topics: Press Release

Alpine Testing Solutions welcomes Aaron Clark as a new software developer

Posted by Emily Barnes on Jul 15, 2014 6:05:56 PM

MINDEN, NE – Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc. is proud to announce Aaron Clark as a new software developer on the technology solutions team. Aaron’s responsibilities include the support and growth of Alpine’s item banking applications as well as CertMetrics, Alpine’s candidate management tool. Additionally, he will perform code reviews, program new features, and provide ongoing technical support to clients.

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Topics: Press Release

Alpine at ITC 2014

Posted by ShaneF on Jun 30, 2014 5:44:59 PM

Alpine will be a presenter at the 9th Annual Conference of the International Test Commission (ITC) from July 2-5 in San Sebastian, Spain.

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Topics: Press Release

Alpine to Attend CCSSO 2014

Posted by ShaneF on Jun 25, 2014 6:13:17 PM

Alpine will be a presenter at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) June 25-27, 2014 in New Orleans, LA.

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Topics: Press Release