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Creating Positive Change

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  1. Creating Positive Change Brian Endicott Manager for Enrollment Services The Ohio State University Testing Center Columbus, Ohio Member, Governing Board Grants Committee Chair National College Testing Association endicott.8@osu.edu -- (614)247-6178

  2. Who wants to make change? Job or career switch? Weight Loss? Exercise more? Eat healthier? More time with family? Increase volunteer service? Strengthen faith and religion? Hairstyle? Just about everybody wants to change something.

  3. Better question:Who knows how to enact their desired changes?

  4. Who wants to make change? Job or career switch? Weight Loss? Exercise more? Eat healthier? More time with family? Increase volunteer service? Strengthen faith and religion? Hairstyle? Just about everybody wants to change something.

  5. Better question:Who knows how to enact their desired changes? Same answer: Pretty much everybody knows how to enact their desired changes!

  6. “I’M FOR CHANGE!”

  7. Transitions at Your Offices & Colleges Testing Center Relocations? Lincoln Tower (through 08/08) Pressey Hall (08/08 – 02/10) Student Academic Services Building

  8. Transitions at Your Offices & Colleges Powerterm Enterprise (April, 2009) PeopleSoft Changes in your student database?

  9. Transitions at Your Offices & Colleges Change from Quarters to Semesters? Launch: Summer, 2012

  10. Transitions at Your Offices and Colleges • Test Center Relocations • Changes in student databases • Quarter to Semester Transition • Change in forms and procedures • Changes in staffing levels • Budgetary constraints • Others??

  11. Industry Transitions

  12. Industry Transitions

  13. Lots to Consider During Industry Transitions1 • An improvement exam validity? • Optimize the exam’s purpose • High-quality exam items • Ensure scoring and reporting accuracy • Candidate access to the exam? • Number of administration dates • Number and location of test sites • Strengthen exam and content security? • Associated Costs

  14. Chronology of Professional Testing Associations TACTP (Texas Association of College Testing Personnel) • First recognized professional organization of testing professionals • Dr. Jerry Osborne, University of Texas at Austin • Formed pre-1988 as a response to state-mandated standardized placement testing • Includes K-12 Educators involved in standardized testing • Still in existence today; the first and longest running statewide organization.

  15. Chronology of Professional Testing Associations MPACT (Midwestern Professional Association of College Testing) • 1988: Harriet Strasberg (UMN), Joyce Moore (Univ. of Iowa), Char Tortoricci (Uinv. Of Wisconsin at Madison) • 1989: First conference for testing professionals, held in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Approximately 75 attendees. {MSP will host the NCTA 2012 Conference!} • Subsequent annual conferences in Milwaukee (1990), Chicago (1991), Des Moines (1992) though 1999.

  16. Chronology of Professional Testing Associations SETA (SouthEastern Testing Association) • 1990: Susan Neel (Georgia State) and Sybil Hobson (Univ of Alabama) • Met Harriet Stasberg from MPACT at American Educational Research Association conference in Boston. • Group of 15 (representing 5 states) met in October 1990, deciding to form a regional association of college testing professionals • 1991: First Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia • Subsequent Annual Conferences held in Charleston (1992), Memphis (1993), through 1999.

  17. Chronology of Professional Testing Associations Birth of NCTA • 1992-1999: A lot of cross-pollination between MPACT, SETA, and TACTP • 1994 MPACT Conference in St. Louis: Early discussions of a joint MPACT and SETA Conference • Trivia: These discussions took place over a very expensive French dinner and a near-arrest of a colleague! • 1995-1998: Growth in professional organizations continues. MPACT and SETA each have around 300 members, representing more than 25 states. • 1999: Last MPACT (St. Louis) and SETA (Louisville) Conferences Held

  18. Chronology of Professional Testing Associations Birth of NCTA • 1999: Decision made to formally merge MPACT and SETA conferences • 2000: Decision made to formally merge MPACT and SETA Organizations at first joint conference • 2000: First ever NCTA Conference – Chicago, Illinois • “Celebrating CHANGE: Testing In A New Millennium” • Julian Zucko, Conference Chair • Approximately 250 attendees

  19. Today’s NCTA • Membership is approximately 1,200 • Collegiate individual and institutional members • Corporate members • Non-Collegiate Members • Conferences • 2010: Testing … On My Mind (Atlanta) • 2011: Making Waves in Testing (San Diego) • 2012: Minneapolis, Minnesota • 2013: Nashville, Tennessee

  20. Original Governing Board • 12 Members: • Pam Bedford; University of Illinois (2000-2005) • Lea Brown; East Tennessee State University (2000-2006) • Marilyn Goulden; University of Arizona (2000-2005) • Duane Goupell; Central Michigan University (2000-2002) • Scott Kaplan; University of South Carolina (2000-2003) • Rita Roberts; Kansas State University (2000-2003) • Harriet Strasberg; University of Minnesota (2000-2002) • Julian Szucko; University of Illinois at Chicago (2000-2002) • Fran Taylor; University of West Georgia (2000-2008) • Gayle Veltman; Wichita State University (2000-2002, President) • Tom Veltman; Wichita State University (2000-2001) • Ellen Waxman; Delta College (2000-2003) • Bud Wood; Brigham Young University (2000-2004) Agents for Change!

  21. Today’s NCTA • Annual Conference • Awards • Sponsors & Exhibits • Mentoring • Finance • Financial Activities • Grants • Member Services • Member Activities • New Members Welcome • Administration • Archivist • State/Regional Groups • Volunteer/Technical Services • Communication • Newsletter • Website • Mailing List • Social Networking • Editing • Professional Development • E-Journal • Test Center Certification • Outreach • Marketing • Recruitment

  22. NCTAToday’s Initiatives • Restructuring Committees / Org Chart • Updating by-laws, as necessary • Annual Grants Program • Launch, 2010 with 6 awardees • Test Center Certification • First Certification: Florida Atlantic Univ., 2010 • Social Networking • Facebook, Twitter • Marketing and Outreach • Archivist (Yes, NCTA needs an archivist!)

  23. Agents of Change • Accomplishments of individuals and groups of individuals who founded first TACTP, MPACT, SETA • Leading to formation of NCTA • The evolution of today’s NCTA • Changes in our industry • Changes at our home institutions • Changes in our personal lives

  24. Agents of Change Who is responsible for making these changes? YOU!!!

  25. Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. Be an AGENT FOR CHANGE.

  26. Special Thanks • C. Criss Gilbert, University of Minnesota • Harriet Strasberg (Ret.), University of Minnesota • Fran Taylor, University of West Georgia • Wendy Gruver, University of Texas at Arlington • Steve Saladin, University of Idaho • Connie Lorick, University of Texas at Austin • Theresa Scott, Florida Atlantic University • Dr. Lou Woodruff, Bucks Community College References 1van Lent, Gerben: “Risks and Benefits of CBT versus PBT in High-Stakes Testing”. Educational Testing Service, 2009.