Update from the President

It’s hard to believe that October is upon us and two months have already passed since the 20th Anniversary NCTA Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.  As usual, a lot is going on and 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. NCTA continues to partner with the Association of Test Publishers (ATP) to develop standards for online proctoring.  The deadline we have set for the standards to be released is late March 2020 at the Annual ATP Conference in San Diego, California.

These standards, along with our previous collaboration, Proctoring Best Practices (2015), are two key components in the NCTA Proctor Certification currently in production. The Proctor Certification Committee is deep into the development of this much needed certification.  I would like to express my thanks to the wonderful committee currently creating the framework 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 and are now available under the resources tab of the NCTA website as well as several fantastic webinars to assist teams going through the process.

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.  Hosted webinars can be found here.  Additionally, NCTA, along with several other leading organizations in the industry, has partnered with Cornerstone Strategies, LLC to develop a series of proctor training videos.  Information on this fantastic series is available 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 New Orleans, 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 21st conference in Washington D.C.!


Best regards,

Jarret M. Dyer
NCTA President

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