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Promoting and preserving the general welfare of testing and its value to society in all its forms and uses since 1992.

ATP is a global, nonprofit organization representing leading publishers and assessment service providers in today's testing industry.  ATP members are committed to encouraging international strategies which advance the position of the industry, its technology, and the science that supports it. Since 1992 ATP has been an advocate for the test publishing/assessment services industry.  You can learn about ATP's proud history of advocacy here: ATP Advocacy History and Milestones. Do you have a question or want to make the Association aware of a legal or legislative industry challenge? Contact ATP: ATP Inquiries

The Benefits of Membership

When you join ATP you are part of an international network of members committed to advancing the integrity of assessment services and products and their value to a global society. Even more importantly, ATP members support the only organization committed to the unique challenges of the entire assessment community as a whole.  [Download a member benefit flyer here]

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CONCERNED ABOUT PRIVACY & SECURITY ISSUES?

ATP Releases Privacy in Practice Publication

To assist ATP members in navigating the legal and practical issues inherent in the many new privacy laws, the ATP International Privacy Subcommittee has developed a series of "Privacy in Practice" Bulletins that provide practical information, discuss principles, and provide guidance that testing organizations should use to comply with the GDPR, as well as current and/or upcoming privacy laws in the U.S. and elsewhere around the world.  Bulletins 1-8 are available in hard copy in the ATP Bookstore


ATP Releases Video Surveillance Guidelines

The Association of Test Publishers' Security Committee has released Privacy Guidance When Using Video In The Testing Industry,  which is now available in the ATP Bookstore and on Amazon.com


IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19, ATP RELEASES SECURITY BULLETIN:  PRIVACY CONSIDERATIONS IN ONLINE/REMOTE PROCTORING

Moving High-Stakes Testing Programs Online Calls for Privacy Measures

NEED FOR ONLINE/REMOTE PROCTORING

Due to the rapid emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, with so many people working and/or studying from home, testing organizations are evaluating the option to use remote technologies to replace “in-person” testing, ATP has released this important Security Bulletin to assist in evaluating this option.  [DOWNLOAD COMPLETE BULLETIN HERE]


PRIVACY LAW ALERT

Court Decision on Remote Proctoring in the Netherlands

 Over the past two months a legal drama has been playing out in The Netherlands over the ability of the country's universities to use remote proctoring to monitor the validity and fairness of online exams and enable students to continue to progress their education while the institutions confront the inability of holding in-person classes/exams because of COVID-19.   While no ruling has yet been made by the Dutch Data Protection Authority, last Thursday, June 11, a local court in Amsterdam ruled that in the limited circumstances presented involving the University of Amsterdam ("UvA"), remote proctoring processing of student personal information "is not unlawful."  This decision is potentially useful, but any testing organization using video surveillance needs to understand the full scope of what the decision means --  and what it does not mean. [Read more here...]



 

News Flashes from ATP

WEEK OF JULY 20, 2020

ATP Launches Third Pandemic-Related Webinar: Critical Skills for Learning and Certification During and Post Pandemic

On July 23, this ATP webinar brought together experts in skill development, learning sciences and psychometrics to present and discuss ongoing learning, assessment and certification initiatives that are supporting development of critical skills during and post pandemic in K-Career settings. [Recordings of all webinars are available at this link as they become available: New World of Testing Webinar Series]

WEEK OF JULY 13, 2020

Education Service Provider Coalition Letter Delivered

On July 17, in its continuing effort to keep funding requests for educational and workplace products and services in front of U.S. government leaders, ATP joined with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Software Information and Industry Association (SIIA) in sending its most recent letter asking for specific dollar amounts to be allocated towards educators and educational institutions. [Read more here...]

European court issues ruling on privacy dispute

On July 16, 2020, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling on a longstanding privacy dispute around sending personal data from Europe to the United States. This case stemmed from a complaint to the Irish Data Protection Commissioner by an Austrian citizen against Facebook for improperly transferring his personal data under the applicable Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) and under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield (Schrems II). [Read more here...]

WEEK OF JULY 6, 2020

ATP Releases recording of first webinar in its New World of Testing Digital Webinar Series

A recording of the first webinar: New Psychometrics, which launched Tuesday, June 30, 2020, is now available at this link: New Pyschometrics

WEEK OF JULY 1, 2020

ATP Announces the second webinar in its New World of Testing Digital Webinar Series

The second webinar: Privacy and the Legal Landscape for Remote Proctoring, was held Thursday, July 9, 2020. Access the recording here: Remote Proctoring

WEEK OF JUNE 22, 2020

ATP Announces New World of Testing Digital Webinar Series 

The First Webinar: New Psychometrics, is scheduled to launch Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 4:00 - 5:00 UTC (12:00 pm - 1:00 p.m. EDT; 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. PDT)   [LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS NEW WEBINAR SERIES HERE]

WEEK OF JUNE 8, 2020


ATP Alert: Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) Signed into Law

President Trump signed into law the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA), which addresses many concerns expressed by the small business community. [READ ALERT HERE]

WEEK OF JUNE 2, 2020

ATP Alert:  Update on California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

California's Attorney General submitted proposed final regulations implementing the California Privacy Act (CCPA). READ ALERT HERE

WEEK OF MAY 11, 2020

ATP RELEASES REGULATORY ALERT ON US COPYRIGHT OFFICE INTERIM RULE

On May 8, the US Copyright Office (Library of Congress) published an Interim Rule and Request for Comment on new definition for the term "secure test" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   READ THE ALERT HERE.

 WEEK OF MAY 4, 2020

ATP RELEASES INDUSTRY ALERT ON EDUCATION DEPARTMENT GRANT MONEY

ED Secretary Betsy DeVos has announced that $180 million in grants will soon be available from the federal emergency relief package to help fund statewide virtual learning projects.  READ ALERT HERE.

WEEK OF APRIL 20, 2020

ATP RELEASES CEO PANEL EVENT

On April 17, the Association of Test Publishers and the Innovations in Testing Conference Planning Committee hosted an engaging virtual panel discussion. View Discussion: Virtual CEO Panel Discussion.

WEEK OF APRIL 6 , 2020

ATP DELIVERS SECOND LETTER TO CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AS PART OF EDUCATION COALITION SEEKING COVID-19 RELIEF

On April 8, the ATP, as part of the Education Sector Coalition, sent a letter to the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives, advocating for major funding for education and assessment industry – READ ALERT HERE

WEEK OF MARCH 30, 2020

ATP REQUESTS COVID-19 RELIEF FOR EDUCATION SERVICE PROVIDERS

ATP joins with other assessment companies and organizations ("Assessment Coalition") in sending a letter to the leadership of the United States Senate calling for the inclusion of funding in the Third Economic Stimulus package to assist all education service providers to deal with the economic fallout from COVID-19. [READ MORE HERE...]