Test security guidelines have been developed by the Montana Office of Public Instruction to be used by System Test Coordinators and Test Administrators in order to maintain the integrity of all Montana Comprehensive Assessment System (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. To ensure that trends in achievement results can be calculated across years in order to provide longitudinal data, a certain number of test questions must be repeated from year to year. If any of these questions are made public, the validity of the test may be compromised because students may know the questions and answers in advance of taking the assessment.