News & Information from ATP                                                                                                  Volume 21, Issue 2

Keep the Old... Welcome the New

ATP prepares for a re-brand that joins its past, with its present and future


A Re-branding Task Force lead by 2020 ATP Chair John Weiner of PSI, and 2021 Chair John Kleeman, has been hard at work for more than a year researching and looking forward to the implementation of an all-new ATP " look and feel " reflecting ATP’s evolution as a global community for digital assessment and learning.


"We started by acknowledging ATP's historical roots as an advocate for the testing and assessment industry, we then created Focus Groups to solicit the opinions of current members, and then we evaluated future trends and the impact of technology for our industry...

Testing Industry Responds to Regulatory Concerns About Online Proctoring


ATP, this week, released a comprehensive “Testing Industry Pledge Related to Online Proctoring Services” (the Pledge), along with a list of initial testing organizations that have endorsed it. The Pledge provides a set of guiding parameters for the responsible deployment of remote proctoring solutions to provide foundational guidance components that will enable the testing industry to address the regulatory concerns and perceived privacy problems with these proctoring services. The Pledge consists of nine sections, covering 11 principle topics, with 55 individual guidelines...


ATP Releases White Paper on AI
Artificial Intelligence and the Testing Industry: A Primer

The White Paper, authored by the International Privacy Subcommittee of the ATP Security Committee, provides a high-level overview and definition of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”), use cases drawn from the testing industry, international standards and frameworks related to AI that share commonly accepted principles governing the appropriate responsible use of AI, and legal requirements for AI usage when personal information is processed. This Paper also describes specific risks arising from use cases in light of the standards and laws.


New ISO Standard Supports Diversity and Inclusion

A newly published international standard by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO 30415, Human resource management — Diversity and inclusion, provides a foundation for organizations wishing to create an inclusive workplace and optimizes all the benefits that it can bring. ATP participated in the development of the new standard by providing comments to the original draft.

ATP's New World of Testing Digital Webinar Series Continues on July 22  
Increased Automation in Our Industry. How Not to Get it Wrong
Sponsored by Alpine Testing

Impressive advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, and similar technologies offer exciting opportunities to positively affect our day-to-day lives. However, prior applications of such tools (for example, facial recognition) provide cautionary tales regarding the limitations of this technology and the risks of unintentional outcomes. In the assessment industry, we need to strike a careful balance between incorporating these tools to innovate our field and improve measurement while vetting the technology in ways that protect our stakeholders. This is particularly important in our field today, where the fairness and utility of measurement has already been questioned. For example, consider the recent increase in testing-optional and test-blind college admissions policies. How do we incorporate technological advances and innovate our field without the missteps experienced in other industries? The esteemed panel gathered for this discussion will provide insights based on their extensive experience in testing across a variety of markets. This webinar provides an opportunity for experts in our field to collaborate and contribute to a shared interest of innovation with integrity.



Update on Colorado Privacy Act (SB 21-190)

The Colorado Privacy Act (“CPA”), (SB 21-90)  recently repassed the Colorado Senate on June 8, 2021, following their consideration of amendments by the Colorado House of Representatives and is now before Governor Polis for signature, who has indicated he will sign it.  Once enacted, the CPA generally will go into effect on July 01, 2023, although there are specific provisions for opt out that will be in place for two years pending the issuance of regulations by the Colorado Attorney General.  There is also an opportunity for citizens to file a petition seeking to have the law (or some of its provisions) changed by holding a public referendum on the November 2022 ballot.



ATP Looks Ahead to More Virtual Events in the Fall of 2021 -
Security Summit '21 & Virtual E-ATP Conference: Assessment: Navigating New Expectations

Despite the challenge of a second year impacted by COVID, ATP's 2021 Virtual Innovations Conference, which carried the theme: Assessment for a Better World, attracted as many attendees as its 2019 in-person conference held in Orlando, Florida. A total of 1,253 assessment industry professionals attended the conference, representing 23 countries.  Working off of its success, ATP will kick off the 2021 fall season with two virtual events: A virtual Security Summit planned for 21-22, September, and the virtual Europe-ATP Conference, Assessment: Navigating New Expectations, scheduled for  27-29, September.  


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