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The Balancing Act in High-Stakes Exam Delivery: Exam Security and Candidate Experience


Author: Isabelle Gonthier
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What is high-stakes testing? Why are there rules and processes for administering high-stakes exams? What are the key considerations when administering these exams in test centres across multiple locations? These are all excellent questions that need clear answers for credentialing organizations, regulators, proctors, and candidates. It is especially important that exam administration information and security […]

Dr. Isabelle Gonthier weighs in on the recent college admissions scandal


Author: Isabelle Gonthier
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This week North American news outlets are buzzing with a breaking scandal revealing billions of dollars in in college admission fraud. More than 50 individuals have been charged (to date) for paying consulting firms to falsify information, bribe entrance and exam officials, or otherwise “cheat” the system to gain entrance to a top tier college. […]

YAS Earns Honorable Mention at CLEAR 2018 Annual Educational Conference


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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We are very excited to announce that we received an honorable mention as an acknowledgement of the effort and expertise contributed to CLEAR conference sessions! The honorable mention recognizes the session: “Postcards from the Edge: Experiences of an Early Adopter of Automated Item Generation” as the highest rated session for the Testing and Examinations track […]

Five personal development tips from women in tech


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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On November 16th, 2018, hundreds of women (and a few men) gathered into the gorgeous New Central Library in Calgary, Alberta. The 3rd annual Geeky Summit, organized by Chic Geek, was a celebration of women in the tech community. Chic Geek aims to see more women represented in the intersection between technology and entrepreneurship. They […]

Maintaining Program Integrity in a Time of Increasing Test Misconduct


Author: Chris Beauchamp
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What can credentialing organizations do in order to maintain the integrity of their assessments? Dr. Chris Beauchamp provides advice on how to maintain confidence in the assessment process. Test misconduct is one of the greatest threats that credentialing organizations face when designing and delivering high-stakes assessments. Candidate misconduct is not only becoming more common; it is […]

Virtual Proctoring & High Stakes Testing, a Conversation with Michelle Porter and Dr. Greg Sadesky | Part 2


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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GS: And the response from candidates? MP: We’ve received many positive responses from candidates. At the beginning, there were questions that you would expect from any change. But once people started to really see how easy the process was, the responses have been pretty uniformly positive. The main negative that we get is about internet […]

Virtual Proctoring & High Stakes Testing, a Conversation with Michelle Porter and Dr. Greg Sadesky


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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YAS Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Greg Sadesky sat down with Michelle Porter, from the International Code Council to discuss virtual proctoring. GS: First of all, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. I first wanted to ask you to describe the International Code Council a bit… what it does, the industry it […]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Assessment


Author: Greg Sadesky
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What is AI? Dr. Greg Sadesky discusses the applications of AI that are most relevant for assessment. It sounds so futuristic… artificial intelligence and assessment! Maybe it’s just that much of current assessment practice involves theory developed in the early 1900’s (classical test theory) or the 1960’s (item response theory), the idea that assessment might […]

Yardstick Measure™: New & Improved Shopping Cart


Author: Yardstick Assessment Strategies
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YAS Is Reinventing Measure’s Shopping Cart Friday, May 11th 2018 will mark the start of a roll out of an upgraded shopping cart on the Yardstick Measure™ platform. Over the next few weeks, you will notice a seamless, new interface which optimizes user experience. Another major upgrade we are excited about is the introduction of debit payments. These changes will solely affect clients utilizing the […]

A Special Report on Formative Testing


Author: Greg Sadesky
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Dr. Greg Sadesky explains the significance of formative assessment for your learning outcomes. I think it’s safe to say that very few people actually enjoy taking tests. That said, tests tied to the topic of this blog may be an exception: Formative Tests. A formative test is one that is built for learning, rather than […]