Our Mission

Today there is strong and growing interest in the use of tests and assessments. Standardized tests and assessments in many disciplines are the accepted method to measure skills, knowledge and interest. These tools are used for selection, screening, certification, licensing, educational, and clinical purposes. Tests and their results influence millions of lives every day, whether it is in school, at work, or in other settings.

The Association of Test Publishers, was founded to promote and develop testing and assessment best practices and to facilitate an environment that would benefit test-takers, businesses, educational organizations, and society in general. Led by a Chief Executive Officer, a Chief Operating Officer, a Chair elected for a one-year term, and Board of Directors comprised of recognized leaders in the test publishing community, the Association charges itself with defining professionalism for assessment and ethics, and promoting adherence to these principles. To achieve this purpose, ATP focuses on two primary initiatives: advocacy for the industry and education for its members.

Advocacy

ATP monitors legislative, legal and regulatory bodies that commonly deal with testing issues. This effort reflects its mission to inform the public and governmental bodies about the contributions and critical role that professionally developed and administered tests play in our society.

Education

ATP provides educational and training programs for its members including newsletters and journals, conferences and annual meetings. Through its programs ATP fosters an environment that promotes the exchange of ideas on testing issues and trends.

Because well-developed tests are a valid way to assess knowledge, skills and aptitudes, it is imperative that the testing community promotes and adheres to professional, fair testing methods and practices. Well-developed tests can influence the adoption of teaching methods, the diagnosing of learning disabilities, the accepting of college applicants, the certification and licensing of skilled professionals, and the hiring of new employees. And ATP supports the development of tests that fairly and accurately assess individuals.