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

OPI Site Observations and Local Monitoring Checklists
It is the OPI's and district's joint responsibility to monitor testing practices and follow the MontCAS Test Security Manual guidelines to promote fair, approved, and standardized practices. These checklists can be used by OPI staff and districts to ensure test administration activities are conducted in a standardized and consistent manner. Sample MontCAS Testing Plans
Participate in the STC Workshop Series to receive suggestions and tips to complete plans including sample strategies.
  • MontCAS Test Security Portal- materials provided in this toolkit allow STCs (or presenters) to facilitate a training session so TAs can be trained in Test Security.
  • MontCAS Ethical Testing Behavior Guidance- This document allows you to explore the dos and don'ts of test security.
  • MontCAS Test Administration Training Log - this resource can be used to affirm training for all persons involved in handling and administering the assessments. The OPI encourages STCs to use this or a similar training log to ensure all staff involved in state assessments have been properly trained and certified to proctor state assessments.

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 the guidance to maintain student confidentiality at all times.