√ Registration for E-ATP's Gaining Advantage Through Assessment 2016 scheduled for 28 - 30 2016, at the Penha Longa Resort, Lisbon, Portugal is now open! Members can log into the ATP website and go to Member Benefits and Discounts for a registration discount code. Sponsorship for E-ATP's Gaining Advantage Through Assessment 2016 is now open!
ATP, this week, submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Comments can be downloaded from this link. ESSA Comments.
ABOUT ATP'S LEADERSHIP...
A skilled and experienced team of test publishing professionals and practitioners directs the Association of Test Publishers (ATP). This dedicated group of individuals divides their time between career responsibilities and serving the ATP membership.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board members are elected by their peers to serve the Association and its four Practice Area Divisions, Certification/Licensure, Education, Clinical, Industrial/Organizational, as well as its Regional Divisions in Asia, India, Europe and North America.
Douglas F. Becker - Chair - 2015
HMH Riverside Publishing
Doug Becker is Riverside Publishing’s Vice President for Research and Measurement Services. He has been an active member of the ATP Board of Directors for the past two years and has also served on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Measurement in Education. Doug has over 30 years serving education including over 20 continuous years in the test publishing and assessment industry.
Prior to joining HMH Riverside, Doug served as a member of ACT’s senior leadership team for over nine years, including roles as Vice President for Test Development and Senior Advisor for Content, Learning, and Measurement. Employment experiences prior to that include: Vice President, Riverside Publishing; Director of Psychometric Activities for the General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service of the American Council on Education; and, Senior Evaluation Officer and Psychometrician for the National Board of Medical Examiners. Doug currently serves on the editorial board of Applied Measurement in Education.
Becker triple majored as an undergraduate earning a Bachelor of Music in music education, while also completing major requirements in mathematics and music composition at Benedictine University. He then went on to complete a master's degree in music composition from Northwestern University. Doug taught mathematics and music for four years prior to pursuing his doctoral studies. He completed his Ph.D. in educational measurement and statistics at the University of Iowa where he was a Special Research Assistant with Iowa Testing Programs for four years.
Andre T. Allen - Director
Vice President, Human Capital Risk Management, General Dynamics Information Technology (formerly Vangent)
Andre Allen has over 23 years of continuous experience in the test publishing industry. Andre is currently the Section Vice President at General Dynamics Information Technology (formerly Vangent, Inc.) where he oversees of the Human Capital Risk Management business unit. He oversees all psychometricians, IT professionals, sales and service consultants involved with delivering valid and reliable talent assessment solutions globally. Andre holds a BS in Information Technology with a concentration in project management, and an MBA with a concentration in information technology management. Andre began his career in the test publishing industry in 1989 with Reid Psychological Systems, an ATP founding Member Company. Over the past 23 years, Andre’s track record is that of creating secure, stable and scalable architectures for the timely delivery and accurate scoring of assessments. In 1996, Andre helped Reid Psychological Systems to become one of the first organizations to administer pre-employment screening assessments via the Internet. In 2002, Andre assisted NCS/Pearson Reid London House in the creation and delivery of the assessment technologies for the largescale workforce mobilization effort with the Transportation Security Administration. Andre has been a pioneer in overseeing global R&D projects that advance the field of human capital risk management with tools that strengthen business ethics, employee integrity, and overall corporate performance. Finally, Andre is heavily involved in student mentoring. As a Board Member for the Illinois Technology Foundation, he assists hundreds of students to achieve the benefits of top-tier corporate mentoring. Andre is also an avid golfer and a voice actor.
Nikki Eatchel - Director
Vice President of Professional Services, Scantron
Nikki Eatchel, Vice President of Professional Services for Scantron has more than 18 years of experience in the assessment industry. She has spent the majority of her career focused in the areas of assessment development and psychometrics and has served in executive leadership positions for these areas in a number of organizations. In her positions she has worked in various testing segments, including employment testing, certification and licensure, and academic assessment (including K-12). Her responsibilities have spanned the full spectrum of assessment activities, including job analysis, item development, item bank design and management, assessment design, assessment development, test administration, scoring and reporting. She has added to her well-rounded approach to the assessment industry by serving in leadership positions in program management, client support, and business development. Her work has taken her around the world for in-country assessment development work and ongoing client management. She has worked in the arena of employment litigation support, preparing testimony for teams representing both the prosecution and the defense. Nikki served as the Chair of the ATP Security Committee in 2012-2013 and is currently the Co-Chair of the Security Committee for 2013-2014. She has served on a number of industry committees, including the Operational Best Practices Committee for ATP and has presented numerous papers at such conferences as ATP, E-ATP, the International Personnel Management Association (IPMA), and the Council on Licensure, Enforcement, and Regulation (CLEAR). She holds an M.A. in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis.
Christine Niero, Ph.D. - Director
Vice President, Professional Certification and Client Development, Professional Testing, Inc.
In her role at Professional Testing, Inc., Christine Niero, PhD, provides expertise to clients in developing and implementing viable credentialing programs, policy development, establishing operational and governance structures, optimizing management functions, leadership development, strategic planning, standard setting and accreditation. Dr. Niero has served on several ATP Innovations Committees, including most recently, Conference Chair of the most successful Innovations in Testing conference, and Program Chair. She has held leadership roles in national organizations, including committee member and Vice-Chair of the Personnel Certification Accreditation Committee (PCAC) for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) world standard for personnel certification, ISO/IEC 17024, and ANSI Conformity Assessment Policy Committee (CAPC), National Policy Committee (NPC) and Committee on Education (COE). Christine also served as an Officer of the Board of Directors of the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA). Regarded as an industry leader, she has presented extensively on certification topics and is well versed in the development and implementation of best certification practices for credentialing boards. Christine currently serves as a Commissioner on the Professional Certification Commission (PCC) of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE), and is actively involved in several professional societies, including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). Christine is a co-founder of the Certification Institute sponsored by Professional Testing, Inc.
John Oswald, Ph.D. - Director
President and General Manager, K-12 Student Assessment Programs, ETS
President and General Manager of ETS's K-12 Student Assessment Programs, John oversees all of ETS's K-12 large-scale assessments. His staff manages contracts for statewide assessments in 10 state, as well as for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers and the Smarter Balances Assessment Consortium. He also over sees the ETS High School Equivalency Test (HiSET TM), which is used by multiple states.Prior to ETS, John worked at testing and educational publishing companies in various roles and areas, including test development and psychometric research, sales, marketing, customer service, information technology, operations and general management. Former employers include Harcourt Assessments/The Psychological Corporation (now Pearson), where he worked in educational, industrial and clinical testing. He was president of Riverside Publishing (educational and clinical testing) and of Computer Adaptive Testing/Promissor (now Pearson VUE) where he worked in certification and licensure, and headed a European subsidiary. John was on the ATP board of directors for nine years, serving two terms as chair. A frequent spokesperson in the media and presenter at professional conferences, John has addressed numerous legislative committees and state and local boards of education on the topic of testing.John received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and Ph.D. candidacy from Fordham University, and has taught psychology and testing courses at the college level.
John Weiner - Director
Executive Leader, Research Strategy and Products , PSI
John Weiner is the executive leader of PSI’s Research Strategy and Products division, where he provides oversight to Talent Assessment, Certification and Licensure examination development and consulting services. With over 25 years in the testing industry, John brings a passion for testing and a broad perspective spanning various testing markets. He has served on committees in several testing organizations, including ATP, SIOP, ICE and CLEAR. John is past chair of ATP’s Industrial/ Organizational Division and has participated in ATP initiatives, such as conference planning and the test security survey update. He also served on the SIOP Professional Practice Committee, ICE Publications Committee, and CLEAR Exam Resources Advisory Committee. John is an active contributor to the testing community as a presenter and author. John frequently speaks at conferences, addressing topics such as technology-based assessment, psychometric issues, and legal issues in test validation and use. He recently co-authored a book on Online Recruitment and Selection (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). John’s areas of expertise include assessment for selection, development, certification, licensure and training. His executive experience includes strategic planning, management of a corporate division, resource stewardship, and budgeting. His graduate training in psychology emphasized quantitative methods and measurement.
Bill West - Director
Vice President of Professional Business Development, Pearson VUE
In his role with Pearson VUE, Bill West, MBA, owns responsibility for client satisfaction, new business, and senior account management in the professional certification, licensure, academic, and federal government markets. An 18-year veteran of the assessment industry, Bill has served a wide variety of national and global assessment programs across the certification and licensure markets and in several capacities, including customer service, program management, and business development. In these roles, he has gained unique insight into the challenges and concerns of running testing programs and brings this experience across industries to the ATP Board. Bill brings a rich history with, and passion for, the ATP mission, a wealth of national and international testing expertise from working closely with ATP member programs, and solid business leadership as part of the Pearson VUE senior leadership team. Bill has been an active contributor to ATP since attending the 2nd Innovations conference in 2001, serving on various committees, delivering a wide variety of conference presentations, leading conference activities as Chair of the 2011 Innovations in Testing annual conference, and currently serving as an officer as Vice Chair of the Certification/Licensure Division. Bill holds a BA from St. Olaf College and an MBA from Augsburg College.
William G. Harris, Ph.D., MBA - Chief Executive Officer
William G. Harris serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Test Publishers (ATP), the leading international organization for publishers of assessment programs. G holds a doctorate from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, a MBA from Duke University and an Honorary Doctorate from Excelsior College where he also sits as a member of the Board of Trustees. G is a recognized advocate for the testing industry and is frequently called upon to provide expert testimony. His current areas of interest are industry-wide issues about e-assessments, digital IP and the impact of the Internet on the economics and future of assessment delivery and services in both the private and public sector. G is oversees the international expansion of ATP that includes a growing membership from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is responsible for the successful launch of the Operational Best Practices guidance project for large-scale assessments. Under G’s leadership ATP offers two international conferences on assessment issues: one in Europe and another one in the US. He serves on the editorial board of several scholarly journals and chairs the US delegation to the ISO initiative on the delivery of work place assessment services.
David W. Arnold, Ph.D., J.D. - General Counsel
General Counsel, Wonderlic, Inc.
David W. Arnold is General Counsel at Wonderlic, Inc. Prior to joining Wonderlic he served as Vice President-Development and Professional Compliance with Pearson Reid London House. He also has served as General Counsel for the Association of Test Publishers since its inception. In this capacity, Dr. Arnold monitors relevant legislation and has testified on many occasions before various federal and state legislative committees on issues related to testing. Dr. Arnold's prior background includes positions with civic and academic organizations, in addition to corporate assignments with Supermarkets General Corporation and United Airlines. He holds a J.D. from Loyola University Law School and a Ph.D. in industrial psychology from the University of Nebraska. He is an active member of the American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology ("SIOP"). David is also Past Chair of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Legal Issues and currently serves on the State Affairs Committee of SIOP. David has also written hundreds of articles and made numerous presentations regarding testing, as well as relevant litigation and legislation.
Gerald Borofsky, Ph.D. - Secretary
President, Bay State Psychological Associates, Inc.
President of Boston-based Bay State Psychological Associates, Inc., a company that develops and publishes a range of human performance services, including pre-employment assessment instruments, Dr. Borofsky has participated in a wide range of ATP activities including serving two terms as co-chair of the Association's Industrial Division, and two terms as ATP's secretary. As a current member of the Board, Dr. Borofsky has represented the perspective and interests of the smaller member companies. On behalf of ATP, he has been actively involved in lobbying at both the federal and state levels on the social benefits of test use. Dr. Borofsky contributed to the development of Congressional pre-employment screening policies, and served as a pre-employment screening consultant to development, government, legal and law enforcement policies and programs. Dr. Borofsky holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University, and is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Borofsky was also a faculty member at Harvard Medical School for over 25 years.
Marten Roorda - Treasurer/ Past Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Cito
Marten Roorda is Chief Executive Officer of Cito, Europe's leading testing and assessment company, based in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Cito's testing expertise and technology is renowned and respected all over the world. After Marten joined Cito in 2002, the company expanded internationally, opening branches in Germany, Turkey and the US, and agencies in Japan and Korea. Cito activities are in educational testing, certification and CBT. The company performs projects for international organizations: the WorldBank, the OECD (PISA) and the European Union, and gives expert advice in many countries. Previously Marten held management positions at Reed Elsevier, after having an editorial career. He was a keynote speaker at the Association of Test Publishers Annual Conference, 2004, in Palm Springs. It has been his initiative to found the European Division of the ATP. Marten is the co-founder of Kryterion, an online testing company. Marten is married, has three children and lives in Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Lauren Scheib, Chief Operating Officer
Lauren Scheib, Chief Operating Officer of the Association of Test Publishers, has provided operations support and leadership since 1993. Prior to joining ATP she served as Director of Membership Development and Public Relations for the American Counseling Association. She came to ACA from the media, working as a television correspondent for Sun World Satellite News on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. and as Press Secretary in the New York State Legislature. Lauren earned her bachelor's degree in mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and her master's degree in Journalism and Public Affairs from the American University in Washington D.C. She serves on the adjunct faculty staff of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania in the area of communications, and she is a member of the American Society of Association Executives.