Given the vast amount
of digital goodies
that can be utilized as tools to gain an unfair advantage
in certain testing situations, it's about time we see the officials fight fire with fire. With some schools banning iPods
while others tie them into the learning process
, Edexcel is looking to nip any potential theft problems in the bud by tagging packs of GCSE and A-level papers with RFID
. Reportedly, the level of security surrounding these papers is already quite strict, and while actual cases of theft have remained relatively small so far, the exam board's not willing to risk it. The papers are apparently quite tempting targets for larceny, as past episodes have landed the confidential information on underground markets and even the internet, and the new tagging system will keep track of "how many papers are in the bundle, where they came from, and where they are going." Interestingly, it was noted that the packs wouldn't actually be tracked remotely, but instead would "speed up checks carried out by compliance officers." Currently, a "major trial" is already underway to presumably judge the effectiveness of the new anti-cheating system, so we'd think twice before snagging that pack of papers laying on the teacher's deserted desk.
[Via The Register