Held June 24, 2021Education Policy in the United States: The Pandemic & Impacts on Testing

Sponsored by Curriculum Associates and now available for viewing on the ATP Digital Hub 

With billions of federal dollars allocated to address education gaps and inequities further heightened by the pandemic, there is increased attention on assessment policy in the United States.  During the webinar you will hear from a panel of educational policy experts discussing: 
  • the questions policymakers are asking
  • the questions policymakers should be asking 
  • the impacts past and current policy decisions have on testing  

 Panelists include:

  • Debbie Smith - Vice President, Government Relations, Curriculum Associates 
  • Lesley Muldoon - Executive Director, National Assessment Governing Board 
  • Michelle Exstrom - Group Director, Education Programs, National Conference of State Legislators
  • Scott Marion - Executive Director, Center for Assessment 

Held May 20, 2021: Test Centers are Dead, Long Live Test Centers!  Are the rumors around the demise of test centers real? Or just….rumors, sponsored by Pearson VUE,  and now available for viewing on the ATP Digital Hub 

Over the past year online proctored exam delivery has experienced exponential growth, yet demand for in-person exam delivery at test centers remains as high as ever for high-stakes credentialing programs. Even during the pandemic, most high-stakes, accredited programs have preferred exam delivery through test centers over the compelling option of online proctoring. The disruptions of COVID-19 have not only revealed the challenges that online proctoring platforms need to address in order to remain a long-term viable option for high-stakes programs, but it also has highlighted the stringent operational adjustments that brick and mortar test centers are required to implement.

In this session, you’ll hear from respected panelists with experience in large-scale program management, psychometrics and measurement, and test delivery technology. Together, they share their diverse insights and learnings around the advantages, disadvantages, operational differences, and trade-offs of modalities with respect to:

  • Security Risks and mitigation strategies across modalities
  • Date privacy considerations
  • Impacts to test design and item development
  • Accommodations—compliance challenges, exam length, and scheduled breaks

This webinar will help participants better evaluate what modality their program is best suited for: in-person or remote proctored delivery and will outline what changes must be considered if they wish to fully or partially migrate to online test delivery.

Speakers: Dr. Cynthia D. Woodley, Chief Operations Officer of Professional Testing; Pat Ward, President & Founder of Internet Testing Systems (ITS); Phil Dickison, NCSBN


Held February 11, 2021, Highlighting Your Value: How Can Standardized Testing Programs More Effectively Demonstrate Their Importance, Relevance and Purpose, sponsored by Pearson VUE,  is now available for viewing on the  ATP Digital Hub 

The session, which was moderated by Eric D'Astolfo of Pearson VUE, featured a panel of experts from the Law School Admissions Council, Graduate Management Admissions Council and the National Conference of Bar Examiners sharing their experiences of defending the purpose and the value of their programs and offering lessons and guidance on how other programs can do the same, whether during challenging circumstances or during more “normal” times. 

 Held March 18, 2021, A Conversation on Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy in Assessment and Instruction, sponsored by Curriculum Associates is now available for viewing on the ATP Digital Hub

Educating our students has to be a cohesive ecosystem that involves teachers, state leader, assessment developers, curriculum developers, and thought leaders to openly discuss how to engage students through Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy. This panel conversation involves individuals that have a place in the educational ecosystem.
  • Dr. Sharroky Hollie, Executive Director, The Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning (CCRTL)
  • Mayra Valtierrez, Director, Language and Culture, New Mexico PED
  • Claudia Salinas, VP of English Learning, Curriculum Associates
  • Bob Williams, Acting CEO, National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY)


Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors