Who is Responsible for Test Security?

Everyone who works with the Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS) statewide assessments, communicates test results, and/or receives testing information is responsible for test security.  This includes:
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) staff;
  • Authorized Representatives (or School System Superintendents);
  • System Test Coordinators (STCs);
  • Building Coordinators (or School Principals);
  • Test Administrators (or Educators);
  • Students, parents, and the community at large; and
  • Certified and non-certified public school staff.

Test security guidelines have been developed by the OPI to be used by STCs, Authorized Representatives/Building Coordinators, and TAs in order to maintain the integrity of all MontCAS assessments. Following these guidelines will ensure no student has access to any form of assistance or material that could provide an unfair advantage. The primary goal of test security is to protect the integrity of the assessment and to ensure that results are accurate and meaningful. 




Training Supports




  • MontCAS Test Security PowerPoint Slide Deck
  • The MontCAS Test Security Portal training site is currently under construction.The materials provided in this MontCAS Test Security Toolkit allow the System Test Coordinator (or presenter) to facilitate a training session so Test Administrators can be trained in Test Security for a standardized administration of the MontCAS statewide summative assessments. 
  • Explore the dos and don'ts of test security with the MontCAS Ethical Testing Behavior Guidance.
  • System Test Coordinators can affirm training for all persons involved in handling and administering the assessments. The OPI encourages STCs to document training using the MontCAS Test Administration Training Log.


Any person may submit a Confidential Test Incident Report (TIR) to the OPI. 

It is a testing irregularity to send student information over a non-secure service such as email. The OPI does not consider even encrypted emails to be secure for sensitive information such as student names and identifying details. Schools are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the OPI STUDENT RECORDS CONFIDENTIALITY POLICY and follow this guidance to maintain student confidentiality at all times.