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Carolyn MacCann and Ralf Schulze Join ProExam’s Center for Innovative Assessments as Visiting Scholars

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Professional Examination Service, today announced that Carolyn MacCann, Ph.D., and Prof. Dr. Ralf Schulze have joined the organization’s Center for Innovative Assessments as visiting scholars. They will work with ProExam Vice President and Chief Scientist Rich Roberts, Ph.D., in support of the Center’s research in the field of non-cognitive assessments.

“Our certification and licensure clients have been asking for help in measuring what are sometimes called ‘soft skills’” said Robert S. Block, President and CEO, Professional Examination Service. “Carolyn and Ralf bring a wealth of knowledge to the research agenda of ProExam’s Center for Innovative Assessments, which will address these needs and those in education as well.”

CLEAR 2014 Annual Educational Conference

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We are sorry to see summer end, but excited about the upcoming CLEAR conference! ProExam staff will be attending the CLEAR 2014 Annual Educational Conference in New Orleans, September 11-13th.

Please visit us; we will be in Booth #3.

This year, ProExam is pleased to offer three sessions at CLEAR and we hope you’ll join us for stimulating conversations:

  • "Expanding Scope of Practice: Implications for Entry to Practice" with Miriam A. Mobley Smith and Mary Jean Schumann, and moderated by our VP for Research and Advisory Services Sandra Greenberg
    Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
  • "You get what you pay for: factors impacting the cost of examinations" with Deanna Williams, Sandy Greenberg, Linda Waters
    Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 2:15 to 3:30 pm
  • "What do you know about Licensing Exams? Ask the Experts” featuring our own Chuck Friedman, M Jeanne Guernsey, Paul Naylor, and John Pugsley
    Saturday, September 13th, 2014, 8:00-9:30 am

We look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Martin S. Brutosky joins Professional Examination Service as Vice President of Technology Solutions

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Professional Examination Service announced that Martin S. Brutosky is joining the organization as Vice President of Technology Solutions, reflecting ProExam's continued commitment to expanding its presence in digital technology and digital credentialing.

An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience in educational technology, e-Learning and e-Commerce, Brutosky will lead ProExam's technology strategy that supports its certification and licensure clients with world-class software and concurrently guides the building of new solutions designed to deliver products for both existing and new customers. He brings a diverse background to the organization with experience in management, sales and marketing as well as start-up operations and business turn-arounds. Previously Brutosky was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operations Officer for eChalk, where he managed growth for the education technology company.

Richard D. Roberts, Ph.D., joins Professional Examination Service as Vice President and Chief Scientist

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Professional Examination Service announced that Richard D. Roberts, Ph.D., is joining the organization as its new Vice President and Chief Scientist. Roberts, one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of non-cognitive assessment, will lead ProExam’s new Center for Innovative Assessments.

For 12 years, Roberts was a Managing Principal Research Scientist in the Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success at the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, New Jersey. Roberts’ has conducted research on cognitive and non-cognitive assessment, emotional intelligence, cognitive biases, cross cultural competence, personality, health and well-being, motivation, aging, and human chronotype (morningness-eveningness). He is widely published in his field with numerous books and more than 150 peer-review articles or book chapters on these topics and nearly 400 presentations around the world.

ATP Innovations in Testing: Presentations

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We're posting our session materials from the Association of Test Publishers' 2014 Innovations in Testing conference in Scottsdale, AZ for those unable to attend, or for those who did attend and would like them for reference. 

The move from paper to digital credentials (or the simple addition of digital credentials to paper) had significant buzz at ATP, and that was reflected in our session with Sunny Lee of the Mozilla Foundation and Matthew Pittinsky of Parchment, "The Impact of Digitization in the Education and Certification/Licensure Credentialing Markets."

Other relevant sessions were the case study, "Work Ready Now! — Using Assessment and Digital Micro-Credentials (Badges) to Support Learning in a Curriculum-Based International Work Readiness Program," with Nancy Chervin and Nancy Taggart of Education Development Center, and the overview, "ProExam Vault: Enabling Secure Digital Credentials."

Two case studies focused on the critical credentialing areas of fundamental competencies and experience requirements: 

For more presentations and resources, visit the ProExam Resources page.

ATP Innovations in Testing: Highlighted sessions and exhibit

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ATPLogoWe're looking forward to the 2014 Innovations in Testing Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 2-5, and to sharing the credentialing expertise and insights of Professional Examination Service and our clients. Highlighted sessions:

  • 1:30pm, Monday, March 3 case study session, "Work Ready Now! — Using Assessment and Digital Micro-Credentials (Badges) to Support Learning in a Curriculum-Based International Work Readiness Program," with Nancy Chervin and Nancy Taggart of Education Development Center, and ProExam's Walt Jimenez.
  • 4:00pm, Monday, March 3 demonstration and discussion, "ProExam Vault: Enabling Secure Digital Credentials," with ProExam's Robert Block, Frank Catalano and Kenneth Doucet.
  • 7:30am, Tuesday, March 4 ATP Security Committee Breakfast Meeting, with ProExam's Chuck Friedman presenting on ATP security resources.
  • 4:15pm, Tuesday, March 4 PowerPoint-free discussion, "The Impact of Digitization in the Education and Certification/Licensure Credentialing Markets," with Sunny Lee of the Mozilla Foundation, Matthew Pittinsky of Parchment, and ProExam's Robert Block and Frank Catalano.
  • 10:15am, Wednesday, March 5 case study session, "The Impact of Identifying Fundamental Competencies in a Profession," with Randy Lindner of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards, Keith Knapp, PhD, CNHA of Christian Care Community, and ProExam's Sandy Greenberg.
  • 10:15am, Wednesday, March 5 case study session, "Making the Hours Count: Operationalizing the Experience Requirement," with Victor Carter-Bey and Simona Fallavollita of Project Management Institute, and ProExam's Jacqueline Siano.

Also, we'll be highlighting digital credentials, security, and item writing tools in booth 45 of the Exhibit Hall with ProExam Vault and ProExam Write.

Look for the presentations and handouts here, in the Resources section, after ATP wraps up.

CAE (Council for Aid to Education) to Issue Digital Credentials for Students Using ProExam Vault

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The Council for Aid to Education (CAE) will use ProExam Vault to issue digital credentials for CAE's flagship assessments: the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) and College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA+).

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CAE is an international non-profit organization best known for the CLA+ and CWRA+: performance-based assessments of critical thinking, real-world problem solving, and effective communication. To date, the CLA+ and CWRA+ have been used by more than 750 colleges, high schools, and middle schools (domestically and internationally) and over 500,000 students.

CAE plans to use ProExam Vault to issue credentials, displayed and distributed as industry-standard digital Open Badges, to students who meet proficient or advanced levels of mastery on the CLA+, which is used in colleges, and the CWRA+, which is used in middle and high schools.

CAE will issue its first digital badges this year.

Professional Examination Service releases ProExam Write 2.0

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ProExam Write, our secure, web-based item development tool, has just been updated. Version 2.0 adds two significant new features:

  • A new equation editor for drafting, editing and modifying mathematical equations directly inside the authoring interface; and,
  • New internationalization capabilities to display ProExam Write's interface in additional languages, and support item authoring in languages other than English.

The core features of ProExam Write remain. Draft items are submitted, reviewed, revised and tracked through a straightforward web-based interface. Item reviewers can return draft items to writers with feedback, identify items that are approved for the item bank and capture several item writer metrics. In addition, ProExam Write lets credentialing programs attach custom resource materials – such as manuals, assignments and workshop information – to assist item writers and reviewers.

If your program isn't already using ProExam Write, please contact us for a demonstration of its time- and cost-saving functions.