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Test Publisher News: Volume 16 / Issue 1

JATT Authors Focus on Cognitive Constructs and Technology Enhanced Items in first issue


Planning for EATP's Gaining Advantage Through Assessment Conference 2016 is underway


Testing Industry Denied a Seat on ESSA Rulemaking Committee


ATP Board Welcomes New Faces


ATP Submits Comments for APA Guidelines


ATP SIGs Garner Interest and Support


ATP Holds First International Luncheon


Will Tablet Based Testing Lead to a Paradigm Shift?


New Releases From ATP: Government Affairs Roundtable and Security Survey 2015



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JATT Authors Focus on Cognitive Constructs and Technology Enhanced Items

Assessing higher order cognitive constructs and examining the utility of technology enhanced items are the topics of focus for ATP's online, peer reviewed Journal of Applied Testing Technology (JATT ) in it's first issue for 2016.

Editors Reid Klion of Performance Assessment Network and Cor Sluijter of Cito,  announced that they are pleased with the first issue, which includes papers from authors connected with Boston College, PearsonVUE, and the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and they are hoping to see more submissions from other potential authors. [Read the full article]

Leadership. Engagement. Motivation.

Planning for E-ATP's Gaining Advantage Through Assessment 2016 is Underway -- Destination: Lisbon, Portugal

Leadership. Engagement. Motivation -- those are the buzz words that define E-ATP's 8th annual Gaining Advantage Through Assessment Conference planned for 28-30, September 2016 at the Penha Longa Resort in Lisbon.

Registration and sponsorship are officially open -- with special Early Bird rates until June 15th. [Members can log into the ATP website and go to Member Benefits and Discounts to receive a special code.]

E-ATP's 2016 Chair Cicek Svensson of Commsmultilingual urged ATP members to mark their calendars for this event which, she said, will build on last year's conference in Dublin in offering programmes that transect all areas of testing -- from education to business, from clinical practice to workplace skills credentialing, certification and licensure. [Read the full article]


Testing Industry Denied a Seat on ESSA Rulemaking Committee

Despite a nomination from the Association of Test Publishers, as well as from at least one other ATP member, no representative of the testing industry was chosen for the U.S. Department of Education's Negotiated Rulemaking Committee focusing on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA.)  [Read the full article]

New Faces on ATP Board of Directors

Walter Wang and Rachel Schoenig join 2016 Board

Former Board member Walter Wang of Collegepre was elected by the ATP Board of Directors to replace outgoing Treasurer Marten Roorda, and Rachel Schoenig of ACT was elected to serve as a Director.[Read the full article]

ATP Submits Comments on APA Guidelines

In February ATP submitted comments to the Practice Directorate of the American Psychological Association (APA) in response to proposed guidelines for of Occupationally-Mandated Psychological Evaluations (OMPEs).   ATP shared several specific areas in which the guidelines could be improved including clear distinctions between professional practice guidelines and clinical practice guidelines, clearer guidelines for the alignment of assessments with their expressed purposes, additional guidance on the need for security policies and an added guideline stating that the use of non-clinical assessment instruments in pre-employment or employment settings should not be restricted to only licenses psychologists.[Read the full article]

 ATP's SIGs Garner Interest and Support

ATP's two Special Interest Groups (SIGs), the Public Sector SIG chartered in 2013 and launched in concert with the 2014 E-ATP Conference, and the Health Sector SIG chartered in 2015 and launched during the 2016 Innovations Conference, continue to garner interest among ATP members and new audiences, and, in the case of the Public Sector SIG, support from global governments. [Read the full article]

ATP Holds First International Luncheon

China's Professor Houcan Zhang Honored as Global Citizen

To celebrate ATP's growing internationalization, an International Luncheon was held at this year's Innovations Conference. "This event surpassed our expectations," remarked ATP CEO G. Harris. "We were truly honored to have one of China's most prestigious and well-known academician's join us for this inaugural event in which all of the ATP's International Regions were celebrated." [Read the full article]

 Report from Innovations in Testing Conference

Will Tablet Based Testing Lead to a

Paradigm Shift? Pavan Purohit, Guest student writer

Not too long ago, the assessment industry was first introduced to a now familiar friend in Computer based testing. Computerized adaptive testing and standardized testing in the form of the GRE and NCLEX have successfully been implemented. Now, a similar innovation is visible on the horizon: mobile/tablet based assessment. In the talks and Ignite Sessions I attended at Innovations in Testing 2016, it seems we are on the cusp of implementing more massive tests like the SAT on a mobile device. [Read the full article]

New Releases from ATP

Government Affairs Roundtable and Security Survey Report

The Government Affairs Roundtable outlines eight areas of legislative and legal concern for test publishers including: Implementing Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); Implementing Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; Copyright Reform; Patent Reform: Use of Independent Contractors; Federal Education and Privacy Act (FERPA); European Union (EU) Safe Harbor; Cybersecurity and Privacy.

The Security Survey Report 2015  marks the fourth publication of the ATP Security Committee Security Report. Findings from this report can be used by testing organizations to benchmark their use of security practices, determine the activities to outsource to test delivery providers or other consultants, and identify opportunities for improvement. Findings may also be used by ATP and other professional bodies to identify areas of potential research and future publications. [Visit the ATP Bookstore]