Association of Test Publishers Elects Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd to Top Post of European Division

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Norwalk, CT - December 21, 2006 - The Association of Test Publishers (ATP) has elected Questionmark CEO Eric Shepherd to chair its new European division.

ATP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of professionally developed and administered tests and assessments in education, clinical and corporate settings and in certification and licensing programs.

As CEO of testing and assessment software provider Questionmark, Shepherd has advised organizations worldwide on the deployment of assessments and assessment technology. A frequent public speaker on assessment topics, Shepherd was instrumental in developing the IMS Global Learning Consortium’s Question and Test Interoperability standard.

Shepherd will serve a one-year term as chairperson of ATP’s newly created European division. In addition to supporting its members’ interests in legal, regulatory and professional matters, ATP’s European division promotes generally accepted guidelines for psychometrics, test delivery, test security, e-testing, interoperability, privacy, test adaptation, localization and other areas related to the testing process.

“I am delighted and grateful for this opportunity to work with the European testing community and build upon ATP’s successful pattern of advocacy, education and standards initiatives,” Shepherd commented. “With the increasing importance of testing and assessment in education, business and government, the ATP has a vital role to play.”

About Eric Shepherd Eric Shepherd is one of the world’s leading authorities on assessment software. As CEO of Questionmark, he leads the organization in producing groundbreaking software for running tests and assessments. This includes the company’s flagship product, Questionmark™ Perception™. Most recently he has championed the use of computerized assessments as tools for encouraging and improving the learning process as opposed to the simple measurement of results.

In addition to his work with Questionmark, Eric has been instrumental in the development of the IMS Learning Consortium’s Question and Test Interoperability standard which has been embraced by users worldwide to enable them to move questions from one system to another. He has advised many corporations, government departments, universities, and schools on the deployment of computerized assessments. In addition, Eric conducts workshops around the world on secure assessment technology and on the role assessments play in the learning process. He has also co-authored white papers on these and other topics.


About Questionmark: 
Questionmark has been providing testing and assessment software since 1988, and more than 2,500 businesses, governments, awarding bodies, schools, colleges and universities in 50 countries use Questionmark software. The Questionmark™ Perception™ assessment management system enables educators and trainers to create, securely administer and report on surveys, quizzes, tests and exams. Questionmark has offices and distribution partners in 27 countries around the world, and offers Perception in English, French, Dutch, German, Spanish and Japanese. Complete details are available at www.questionmark.com.

About ATP
Established in 1992, The Association of Test Publishers is a non-profit organization representing providers of tests and assessment tools and/or services related to assessment, selection, screening, certification, licensing, educational or clinical uses and dedicated to the highest level of professionalism and business ethics within the test publishing community. ATP’s website is atwww.testpublishers.org.

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