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Posted 12/13/2017

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:  http://www.innovationsintesting.org/leading-the-conversation.aspx.
 

Posted 12/12/2017

Ivy Tech Community College Achieves Test Center Certification

Congratulations to the following testing center locations of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana for achieving Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association. Test Center Certification indicates that a test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing.

Ivy Tech Community College, Anderson
Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus
Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville
Ivy Tech Community College, Fort Wayne
Ivy Tech Community College, Indianapolis
Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo
Ivy Tech Community College, Lawrence
Ivy Tech Community College, Lawrenceburg
Ivy Tech Community College, Lafayette
Ivy Tech Community College, Madison
Ivy Tech Community College, Marion
Ivy Tech Community College, Muncie
Ivy Tech Community College, Richmond

Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system. Ivy Tech has campus and site locations throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana.

 

Posted 12/11/2017

Indiana State University Achieves Test Center Certification

Congratulations to Indiana State University in Terre Haute for achieving Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association. Test Center Certification indicates that a test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing.

Indiana State University was founded in 1865 as the Indiana State Normal School. The core mission of the school was to educate elementary and high school teachers. It was renamed Indiana State University in 1965. The Princeton Review has named Indiana State as one of the "Best in the Midwest" for 13 consecutive years. ISU is noted for its focus on public service and is a member of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

 

Posted 12/04/2017

NCTA Drafts Letter to Congress Regarding Test Security in Online Courses

The Governing Council, along with several NCTA members, has completed the work of drafting a petition to the United States Congress’ Committee on Education and the Workforce as well as the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions to alter the current wording of the Higher Education Act (HEA) specifically as it pertains to test security in online courses.  We have asked that the committees revise the requirements for test taker identification in online courses.  Currently, the law allows for a username and password to be one of the allowable methods institutions can use to verify the identity of a test taker.  As all of you are aware, usernames and passwords can be easily shared and are not a guarantee of test taker identity.  The NCTA is part of a larger group of organizations within the testing industry, including the Association of Test Publishers and several testing companies, which are committed to improving alignment with industry-developed best practices and improving the security of assessment within online courses.  The NCTA remains a committed advocate for the testing industry and will continue to keep the membership apprised as the situation evolves.

Actual Letter >>

 

Posted 12/05/2017

University of Florida Teaching Center Testing Center Achieves Test Center Certification

Congratulations to the University of Florida Teaching Center Testing Center for achieving Test Center Certification by the National College Testing Association! Test Center Certification indicates that a test center operates under the highest accepted standards and procedures for all types of testing.

The University of Florida, located in Gainesville, Florida, is a senior member of the State University of Florida that goes back to 1853. It is the third largest Florida campus by student population and is the eighth largest single-campus university in the United States with an enrollment of nearly 55,000 students.

 

NCTA Launches Job Board

We are pleased to announce that we have launched a job board on the NCTA website. Whether you are looking for a new job, or looking to hire the right person, check out the new page at www.ncta-testing.org/job-opportunities

There is no cost to members to post an opening. Send position openings to membership@ncta-testing.org in a Word document. Other formats will not be accepted. We hope you will like this new feature of membership!