Update from the President

It’s hard to believe that two months have already passed since the NCTA Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.  A lot has happened in the world of testing and NCTA in that time.  I’d like to share with you a few key initiatives that I have been excited about these last few months, and invite each of you to reach out and share what you have recently been excited about in the world of testing and NCTA. Contact me anytime at [email protected].

We are living in an exciting time as new technologies to assist human proctors are being developed and redesigned almost weekly.  As you may be aware, NCTA is once again partnering with ATP on a project, this time to develop standards for online proctoring.  For our newer members, I recommend checking out the product of our last collaboration, Proctoring Best Practices. 

Online proctoring would not be the same without certified proctors. We continue to develop the framework and collaborations necessary to create the NCTA Proctor Certification.  The committee is currently exploring avenues and creating a handbook from which interested members can prepare for this exam. 

In similar news, standards for Testing Programs and Services through the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) have been developed.  The standards were approved by the NCTA Board and released by CAS in August.  The full standards will be available in spring 2019.

Training is a constant topic in our field.  I would like to remind everyone that the recorded sessions from the 2018 NCTA Annual Conference have been available for several weeks.  In addition, the NCTA Webinar Committee has been working diligently to fill up our calendars with training opportunities.  Registration can be found here.

Lastly, it gives me great pride to recognize again those that have contributed so much over the past year.  If you were unable to attend this year’s conference in Arizona, please know that you were missed.  It also meant you missed the announcement of this year’s award winners in person.  If you have not yet viewed the Awards page, please visit it here. It’s never too early to consider nominating a colleague for an award for next year at our 20th Anniversary Conference New Orleans!

Best regards,

Jarret M. Dyer
NCTA President

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