Every Spring, the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) hosts its annual conference, Innovations in Testing. This is the leading conference in the testing industry, with nearly 1000 people from major testing vendors and a wide range of test sponsors, from school districts to certification boards to employment testing companies. While the technical depth is much lower that pure-scholar conferences like NCME and IACAT, it is the top conference for networking, business contacts, and discussion of practical issues.
The conference is typically held in a warm location at the end of a long winter. This year did not disappoint, with Orlando providing us with a sunny 75 degrees each day!
Interested in attending a conference on assessment and psychometrics? We provide this list to help you decide.
Here are the four presentations that were presented by the Assessment Systems team:
Let the CAT out of the Bag: Making Adaptive Testing more Accessible and Feasible
This session explored the barriers to implementing adaptive testing and how to address them. It still remains underutilized, and it is our job as a profession to fix that.
FastTest: A Comprehensive System for Assessment
Is Remote Proctoring Really Less Secure?
Rethink security. How can we leverage technology to improve proctoring? Is the 2000-year old approach still the most valid? Let’s critically evaluate remote proctoring and how technology will make it better than one person watching a room of 30 computers.
The Best of Both Worlds: Leveraging TEIs without Sacrificing Psychometrics
Anyone can dream up a drag and drop item. Can you make it automatically scored with IRT in real time? We discussed our partnership with Charles County (MD) Public Schools to develop a system that allowed a single school district to develop quality assessments on par with what a major testing company would do. Learn more about our item authoring platform.
Nathan Thompson, PhD, is CEO and Co-Founder of Assessment Systems Corporation (ASC). He is a psychometrician, software developer, author, and researcher, and evangelist for AI and automation. His mission is to elevate the profession of psychometrics by using software to automate psychometric work like item review, job analysis, and Angoff studies, so we can focus on more innovative work. His core goal is to improve assessment throughout the world.
Nate was originally trained as a psychometrician, with an honors degree at Luther College with a triple major of Math/Psych/Latin, and then a PhD in Psychometrics at the University of Minnesota. He then worked multiple roles in the testing industry, including item writer, test development manager, essay test marker, consulting psychometrician, software developer, project manager, and business leader. He is also cofounder and Membership Director at the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing (iacat.org). He’s published 100+ papers and presentations, but his favorite remains https://scholarworks.umass.edu/pare/vol16/iss1/1/.