Association of Test Publishers Global Conference

Association of Test Publishers Global Conference

Video conference with six people on screen wearing headsets
Speakers: Tim Oates, Director of Assessment Research and Development
Ardeshir Geranpayeh, Head of Automated Assessment and Learning
Date: 14 - 18 Sep 2020 Venue: Online
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Type: Series of webinars Fee: £466 - £669

This year the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) is bringing together its four regional conferences into one global virtual conference packed full of keynotes, panels and workshops.

ATP global conference is designed to foster an environment that allows attendees to learn from each other, and from industry experts. The five-day online event will connect the global assessment community by hosting the virtual ATP 2020 Global Conference from 14 – 18 September 2020 to share experiences, ideas, and best practices. The conference will offer an international forum for discussions surrounding the new challenges faced by assessment organisations while providing global testing insight covering all areas of assessment. As the world has experienced unique disruptions and social change, organisations have needed to quickly adapt to meet changing demands. The conference will look at the questions: How are assessment methods evolving? How are assessment bodies rapidly adapting to change? How can we best serve our communities now and in the future?

Colleagues from across Cambridge Assessment have been invited to contribute to the programme.

Group Director of Assessment Research and Development, Tim Oates CBE, will be a member of the keynote panel at 16:00 BST on 16 September 2020. He will be in discussion with, from the USA, Janet Godwin the Chief Executive of ACT and Kellye Testy President and Chief Executive of the Law School Admission Council, and from Japan Executive Vice President of EduLab Inc. Norihisa Wada

Using assessment to promote equity: how are we doing?

The need for equitable access to education and professional resources has been accelerated by the rapid societal changes we all experienced in recent months. The utilities and fairness of standardized, large scale assessment are under increasing scrutiny against the backdrop of the pandemic and a worldwide call for equity.

Broadening access to education and professional opportunities is a core mission of the assessment industry. We achieve this by accurately and scientifically measuring test-takers’ knowledge and abilities. Our industry has continuously improved and leveraged advances in education technology to make tests more precise, fair, and accessible. How are we doing as an industry to address society’s need for diversity and equity? Are our tests narrowing the opportunity gap? What can we do to better serve our stakeholders’ needs?

In this session, industry leaders from different world regions will take stock and reflect on their work in making society more equitable. They will share challenges and lessons learned, as well as discuss strategies that assessment professionals can adopt to increase equity.

And on Tuesday 15 September 2020, Ardeshir Geranpayeh, Head of Automated Assessment and Learning, Cambridge Assessment English will be running a workshop from 13:30 - 14:10 (Eastern Standard Time).

Preparing students for success: blending learning and testing in digital environments

Recent advances and the widespread use of education technology have blurred the lines between learning and testing. In this session, a panel of experts representing testing organizations and learning organizations will address the role of EdTech at the intersection of learning and testing. The panelists will discuss the importance of technology in designing interactive and engaging courses that support teaching and learning by closing the loop on the holistic measurement of skills and behaviours with personalized and real-time feedback and analytics to both students and instructors. Panelists will share the lessons they learned through using and developing EdTech from the perspectives of education, large-scale assessment, and adaptive learning. The session will conclude with a discussion of a holistic framework that combines the various perspectives. Ardeshir will be joined by Donna Matovinovic, Senior Vice President Professional Services and Bonnie Hain, Senior Director of Learning and Professional Services, both from ACT.

Visit the ATP website for a full programme and to register to attend.