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Happy birthday to us! We’re 40 years old! To celebrate our 40th birthday, we thought we’d do something big. But before we cheers to the Big 4-0, we want to travel back to 1979. 

In the ‘70s, Dr. David J. Weiss and his team at the University of Minnesota were tasked to design and develop the first Computerized Adaptive Test (CAT) for the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Weiss, who we lovingly refer to as the Grandfather of Computerized Adaptive Testing, brought this innovation to life. CAT revolutionized testing by making it smarter, faster, and fairer. Ensuring tests are smart, fast, and fair continues to be our mission at Assessment Systems. 

40 years later, Dr. Weiss, Dr. Nathan Thompson, and the rest of us here at Assessment Systems continue to push the field of psychometrics forward. To celebrate the last 40 years, we want to share two big Assessment Systems updates. 

Have You Met Ada?

Ada is AI-Driven Assessment and the future of psychometrics. We’ve been working hard on Ada for months and we’re ready for you to check it out.

Ada is built by assessment professionals for assessment professionals. Ada incorporates a number assessment necessities: Item Authoring, Item Banking, 50+ Item Types, and Examinee Management, to name a few. Plus some things you’ve never seen before like Automated Item Generation. Long story short, Ada has been designed specifically to guide you along best practices and sound psychometrics, enabling you to make strong, defensible, and engaging assessments.

Ada is currently in its most basic form; we’re in the process of building additional powerful features and microservices. Click here to get an early look and start using Ada.

40 Has Never Looked This Good

After 40 years, we’ve decided to update our visual identity! This includes a new logo, brand colors, fonts, and a new website. You’ll see these changes on our website, social sites like LinkedIn, and our products.

Assess logos through the years

Our new logo is an evolution of the logos that precede it; anchored with an interpretation of the IRT curve in orange, our new logo represents a more modern, simplified, and accessible visualization of who we are and what we do: we assess. As a data-driven company, we’re relentless in our approach of using data and assessment internally, and passionate about our products and consulting to empower our partners to assess with precision and ease.

We’re proud to release Ada and our new visual identity into the world. We’ve spent 40 years innovating and building stronger and more efficient assessment tools, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we will accomplish in the next 40 years. Thank you for being part of the Assess community. Whether you just read the blogs or you’ve been a partner for years, we’re grateful to celebrate our 40th birthday with you. 

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Brian Long

Brian Long is the Director of Human Resources & Communication at Assessment Systems.