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Volume 23, Issue 1


ATP Responds to Department of Education "Dear Colleague Letter"  Addressing the Regulation of Third-Party Service Providers

ATP members working in higher education were stunned in early February to receive a 60+ page "Dear Colleague" letter addressing guidance on the regulation of third-party servicers (TPSs) that reflected a major departure from regulations originally adopted in 2016.  Higher education institutions would be required to report to DOE all agreements with TPSs within 10 days of a contract.

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ATP's Standing Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Assessment (DEI) Holds Second Webinar April 26th
Registration is Open

ATP’s DEI Committee upcoming webinar is Psychosocial Underminers of Test Performance among Disadvantaged and Minority Groups: A Mindset Perspective. Join us on April 26th at 10:30 AM (Central Time) for an engaging discussion of factors that undermine test performance, especially among disadvantaged and minority groups and how we can start addressing those factors. There is limited space.  Register in advance for this one-hour webinar!

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Update on U.S. & International Privacy Laws

ATP's General Counsel Alan Thiemann reported that there has been no movement on Federal privacy legislation, although a bill has been introduced related to financial data privacy that is garnering a great deal of interest. Thiemann cautioned that the bill could signal more interest in a consumer privacy approach. "But," he added, "unless a federal law preempts state law it's of no value to any business; any such federal law would only be the baseline for states to build on top of."

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ATP at Odds With the National Institute of Standards and Technology

ATP's General Counsel Alan Thiemann shared ongoing concerns with the ATP Board of Directors concerning the Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework (“AIRMF”) released January 26, 2023, by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and which contains voluntary guidelines for developers and users of AI. Thiemann provided a memorandum that compares the AI RMF with the comments submitted to NIST from the Association of Test Publishers (“ATP”) on the proposed AI RMF on March 17, 2022, and whether and to what extent key ATP recommendations were adopted.

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ATP's Launches Virtual Summer Summit Series
Registration and Sponsorship is Open!

This year ATP will be rolling out its virtual Summer Summit Series. This series is comprised of two virtual events:  ATP's virtual  EdTech and Computational Psychometrics Summit (ECPS), Smart AI is Here, Are You Ready?, scheduled for June 6 - 7, 2023; [This event also includes a Pre-Summit virtual Workshop: Generating the Future: Exploring the Possibilities and the Pitfalls of Generative AI, scheduled for, June 5, 2023] 

The second part of ATP's Summer Summit Series will be ATP's virtual Global Security Summit*, scheduled for August 22 - 23, 2023. 
[*This event was held in-person in 2022, but is returning this year as a virtual event -- look for our website on May 1st! ]

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Registration and Sponsorship are open for Europe-ATP’s 2023 Conference: E-ATP: The European Home of Assessment

Join E-ATP in Vienna, 20 – 22 September 2023

Europe-ATP (E-ATP) is pleased to announce that sponsorship and registration is open for its 2023 conference E-ATP : The European Home of Assessment, which will take place in-person at the Vienna Marriott, 20 – 22, September 2023.

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ATP Honors its 2023 Award Winners

ATP honored its three 2023 Award Winners at the opening session of the Innovations Conference held March  12- 15, in Dallas, Texas. This year's winners included Ada Woo, VP of Innovative Learning Sciences, Ascend Learning, (pictured left with 2023 Conference Chair Ashok Sarathy of GMAC, and 2023 Innovations Conference Chair, Isabelle Gothier of PSI.) Dr. Woo received the ATP Award for Professional Contributions and Service to testing.

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