Here are some brief updates and news for April 2012: new website and updates to Xcalibre 4, CATSim, and FastTest Web! New ASC Website To reflect ASC’s growing stature in the testing industry, we have released a new website that better reflects our new role as a comprehensive, world-class testing organization. In addition to massively […]
About Nathan Thompson, PhD
I am a psychometrician, software developer, author, and researcher, currently serving as Chief Product Officer for Assessment Systems Corporation (ASC). My mission is to elevate the profession of psychometrics by using software to automate the menial stuff like job analysis and Angoff studies, so we can focus on more innovative work. My core goal is to improve assessment throughout the world.
I was originally trained as a psychometrician, doing an undergrad at Luther College in Math/Psych/Latin and then a PhD in Psychometrics at the University of Minnesota. I then worked multiple roles in the testing industry, including item writer, test development manager, essay test marker, consulting psychometrician, software developer, project manager, and business leader.
Research and innovation are incredibly important to me. In addition to my own research, I am cofounder and Membership Director at the International Association for Computerized Adaptive Testing, You can often find me at other important conferences like ATP, ICE, CLEAR, and NCME. I've published many papers and presentations, and my favorite remains http://pareonline.net/getvn.asp?v=16&n=1.
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An official conference website has been established for the 2012 IACAT Conference: please visit www.iacat.org to register and learn more about this important meeting. Also, we have been working on upgrades to the IACAT website; please visit http://iacat.org/ to see some of what we are working on. ASC recently held a 5-day workshop on item response theory […]
ASC Update – February 2012 Here are some brief updates and news for February 2012… ASC to conduct IRT/CAT Workshop in Botswana – 15 seats open! ASC will be conducting an applied workshop on item response theory (IRT) and computerized adaptive testing (CAT), March 5-9 at the Grand Palm resort in Gaborone, Botswana. The workshop […]
Xcalibre 4 updates Xcalibre 4is the most user-friendly software available for item response theory (IRT) analysis. An update has been recently released, which includes a number of bug fixes and enhancements, including an addition of distractor (quantile) plots into the output. These plots provide an excellent method for evaluating multiple-choice distractors by combining IRT and […]
The first half of 2011 has been quite busy at ASC. I have had the opportunity to visit Malaysia, India, and China for workshops on IRT and adaptive testing. It is exciting to see the growing interest for advanced psychometrics in those countries, and I am thankful to my friends for the chances to visit. […]
I spent yesterday presenting at the Minnesota Assessment Conference. My congratulations and thanks to the folks at the Minnesota Department of Education for again organizing a wonderful event with a huge range of topics, from technical psychometric issues all the way to practical district-level topics. ASC’s plans for upcoming conferences include the CLEAR conference (Sept. […]
This post finds me writing from Arnhem, The Netherlands, home of Cito and host to the IACAT 2010 conference. I’m looking forward to hearing some of the excellent CAT research that is happening around the world. The conference has 130 participants from approximately 45 countries – and the organization is only one year old! […]
May, 2010 As of May 5, FastTEST Web is now available to the public! Please visit www.fasttestweb.com to see some of the features and watch a video of it in action. We continue to add new features every day – so if there is something you would like to see in an online test development […]
After more than a year of development, Iteman 4 is now ready for release! A second beta version was announced to our mailing list in late March. Given the positive feedback, the complete version will be released to the public during the week of April 5. An announcement will be sent to the mailing list […]
I just got back from another workshop on IRT and CAT, this one at the Universita G. d’Annunzio, Chieti, Italy. Many thanks to Aristide Saggino and Roberta Romanelli for doing such a great job organizing this workshop! It was truly an international affair, with participants from the US, Canada, UK, Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy, Malta, […]