Protecting Academic Integrity with Privacy Software

Scandals that involved cheating on standardized tests in Atlanta, Philadelphia and across at least six other states in recent years have raised concerns about how to improve the security – and therefore integrity – of the academic testing process.

Last year non-profit research and testing firm ACT published a policy brief that advocated moving to computerized testing models to help prevent some of the security breaches, which ranged from students copying responses from their peers to educators themselves changing answer sheets.

But, as the report noted, computerized systems come with their own set of security challenges, including monitoring who logs into tests to view questions or responses; computer hacking; keystroke logging; emailing tests; or storing test information in a computer outside a test delivery system.

The manuals outlining how to administer tests fail to address these potential challenges because they often contain general security provisions and not guidelines focused on computerized programs. As schools move to corporate-style IT systems for both exams and day-to-day instruction, protecting access to these systems becomes a matter of maintaining academic integrity for the institution.

Unfortunately, many existing solutions for access and identity management are either too complex, too expensive, or ineffective in the highly mobile, shared environments of modern K-12 schools.

Optio PrivateEye aims to fill this critical void. Patent-pending algorithms protect a school’s endpoints by  continuously validating that an authorized user is present, and by preventing eavesdroppers from accessing the system.

OptioLabs realizes the unique funding constraints of primary and secondary education institutions and is pleased to offer a substantial discount to qualified organizations and faculty. For more information, please contact OptioLabs or try PrivateEye software to protect your system today!

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