Europe - Association of Test Publishers 2016

Posted in Events

September 27-30

ProExam will be meeting with interested European partners at E-ATP 2016 to discuss Tessera™ and other assessments.

Join us at sessions:

Ignite Session: ProExam Tessera™ Noncognitive Assessment System: A Tool for Lifelong Learning and Development

Thursday, September 29, 2016
10:00 am – 10:45 am


Richard Roberts, Ph.D., ProExam Center for Innovative Assessments
Simmy Ziv-el, ProExam Center for Innovative Assessments

Learn about how the system was developed and discover what early results demonstrate.
A key ingredient to lifelong learning and development is the fostering of noncognitive skills in youth and adolescents. Noncognitive skills have been shown to be important predictors of success at all levels of schooling and in the workplace. Tessera™, a multi-trait multi-method noncognitive assessment system.

Tessera measures 6 noncognitive skills: Drive/Grit, Organization/Responsibility, Teamwork/Cooperation, Composure/Resilience, Curiosity/Ingenuity, and Leadership/Communication Style. Learn about the system’s theoretical background and framework, culminating in a comprehensive Theory of Action. Second, we outline the process of initial item development, inclusive of cognitive labs with over 100 students and teachers. Third, we provide data on several thousand middle and high school students, who have taken the assessment. Findings show: 1) the proposed factor structure being retained, 2) reliable measurement of the 6 skills, 3) convergent and discriminant validity evidence, and 4) meaningful test-criterion relations with life (e.g., psychological wellbeing) and educational outcomes (e.g., grade point average).

Implications of these data will be discussed including plans to adapt Tessera for Europe. Additionally, initial interventions that have been developed as part of the Tessera “Playbook” will be introduced.

Blending Workforce Readiness Curriculum Assessments & Credentials

Thursday September 29, 2016
11:15 am – 12:15 pm


Peter Shiras, International Youth Foundation (IYF)
Richard D. Roberts, ProExam Center for Innovative Assessments

Hear about how IYF is creating a paradigm shift on life skills training for the youth workforce through assessment, training and credentialing.
The International Youth Foundation's (IYF) Passport to Success® curriculum provides life skills training for educational institutions, businesses, and governments designed to make youth workforce ready, close the skills gap, and increase youth employment.

The curriculum includes modules focusing on communication, problem solving, teamwork, and other noncognitive skills. Recently IYF has partnered with ProExam to develop assessments that map onto this curriculum. The purpose is both to evaluate the efficacy of these programs and provide students who meet sufficient standards with digital credentials. In addition, the assessments may, over time, be used as a hiring tool for businesses and as a quality control tool for educational and training institutions that seek to introduce a work readiness component to their curriculum.

In this presentation, we present prototype assessments and how they are aligned with various strands of the curriculum. The presentation will include an identification of core work readiness competencies as defined by businesses around the world. Although constructs such as teamwork are typically assessed with self-report approaches, these are extended in the current work to include a variety of new methodologies, including forced-choice, anchoring vignettes, and situational judgment tests. Each of these methodologies comes with a range of further benefits (e.g., formative possibilities, mitigation of reference biases and reduced susceptibility to faking).

We will discuss the results of data collection activities and initial findings which show internal consistency and reliability and yield meaningful test-criterion correlations between the measures and workforce outcomes. Implications of these findings will be discussed.

Additionally, we will discuss some of the lessons learned in linking these novel assessment types to digital credentials.