TPS allows tests to be taken at home without the use of intrusive or complex security systems like cameras or lock-down browsers. In order to maintain a credible accountable process without external intrusiveness, TPS requires parents of students in High School and Middle School courses to proctor all major tests.
Purpose and Benefit of Proctoring
In high school and middle school courses, TPS requires major tests to be proctored for several purposes and benefits:
- Accountability. Accountability is an agreement between parties to keep something of importance visibly and easily verifiable. It is part of the framework of an ongoing trust relationship. It is a safeguard against uncaught human error and unverifiable doubts or concerns. The TPS proctoring process assumes the student is trustworthy and well-intended, and provides a safeguard of accountability to certify the process and protect the trustworthy student. Trusting in the student’s integrity, maturity, autonomy, or experience is part of the foundation of the proctor process, not a basis for waiving or modifying the required proctoring process.
- Credibility. Students take TPS courses because TPS provides the best academic education with full credibility. The TPS name and logo carry this meaning worldwide. One of the many reasons we have this reputation is because we certify accomplishment of high academic standards with verifiable processes and records. We do not just claim “high standards” — we continually prove them with external testing and verifiable accountable processes.
- Preparation (higher grades). Our experience is that students who must prepare for a single-sitting proctored test will study more carefully and take the test more thoroughly. They are also more likely to review their test prior to submitting it, and more likely to submit it correctly on time. Learning to take proctored tests is also an essential skill for standardized exams and college success.
Outline of Proctoring Process
The general outline of the TPS proctor process is:
- Proctor establish an environment of no books, notes, mobile phones, or other aids where the proctor may continually physically observe the student from the start of the test until the test is correctly submitted.
- Proctor provide test questions to student.
- Student complete test in one sitting with no break and without books, notes, phones, or internet use outside of TPS StudyPlace.
- Proctor sign and date the proctor form.
- Proctor observe student submitting the combined test and signature form to TPS StudyPlace.
- Student return test questions to proctor.
This general outline is provided to establish expectations for families considering enrolling. Detailed instructions for proctoring and verification are provided with each exam in the course materials.
Elementary School Courses
Elementary School students need assistance, support, and oversight. If the proctor form and process are used in an Elementary School course, the purpose of the proctor is more oversight and training to encourage and develop good test-taking skills. The role of the proctor is more instruction (teaching the student to take the test carefully and methodically) and support (e.g., helping the student to assemble the test and submit it completely and correctly).
TPS is committed to giving students the best preparation for college and career. Proctored tests are beneficial and important for accountability and credibility. They contribute to increased learning retention and higher course grades. They prepare students for standardized tests and college tests. They also provide an easy opportunity for busy parents to contribute to and oversee their students’ education. Though TPS requires minimal parent involvement in middle and high school courses, test proctoring is an unwaiverable unmodifiable required point of parental involvement in the process of taking upper level TPS courses in the home, and correctly proctoring the tests is a factor in the final score of the exam.