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NCTA To Participate in ATP's Featured Speaker Series

NCTA has been asked to participate in a cross-industry panel as part of the Association of Test Publisher’s Featured Speakers series at the 2018 Innovations in Testing Conference in San Antonio, Texas, February 18-21. As part of the Featured Speakers series, ATP is promoting the value of testing across the assessment industry.

Last year, NCTA joined several industry associations on a panel focused on how negative media coverage, the opt-out movement, and recertification challenges have raised questions about the value of standardized testing.  The panel discussed efforts and challenges to positively lead conversations concerning the value of assessments.   In 2018, the conversation will continue to highlight what has been done and what work still needs to be accomplished. A short abstract is below:

Communicating the Value of Testing

The testing industry impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, from healthcare, structural engineering, and air quality, to education, finances, and insurance, just to name a few.  Despite this impact, testing has received significant negative attention from media and various legislative officials.  As a result, test publishers and credential issuers are facing growing needs to better explain the value of quality testing and the rigor which it entails.  Join experts from across various assessment industry associations to discuss the value of testing to our communities and how we can better communicate and positively demonstrate that value.  Additional information on this initiative can be found at:

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  • Promotes professionalism & quality

  • Enhances professional testing practices

  • Offers opportunities for professional development

  • Encourages professional support activities

  • Advances collaborative efforts among testing professionals, testing companies, and other policy-making agencies.

Consortium of College Testing Centers

The Consortium of College Testing Centers (CCTC) is a referral service provided by the National College Testing Association (NCTA) to facilitate distance learning. The purpose of the CCTC is to make test administration services available to students away from their campuses, particularly at educational institutions. It is a free service for students or others who are seeking a professional location at which to take an exam. All participating test centers must be NCTA members in good standing and are expected to adhere to the CCTC guidelines. In addition the testing center must subscribe to and indicate compliance with the NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines. Listings are only available to operational testing centers and not to individuals or other groups who wish to serve as proctors.  Read More >>


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NCTA Professional Standards and Guidelines 

NCTA has established standards and guidelines for testing centers and testing personnel. A list of test administrators who have endorsed these standards may be found on this website.

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NCTA Test Center Certification

Test Center Certification is the process whereby a testing center undergoes a significant self-assessment to show that it meets the criteria to be identified by NCTA as a certified test center.

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NCTA supports distance learning by providing this free web-based referral service. The CCTC web page contains a listing of testing centers across the country and abroad that are willing to provide proctoring services to students away from their campuses.

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