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Questar Assessment’s Dr. Timothy Vansickle
Awarded Association of Testing Publishers’
2016 Career Achievement Award


Location: Minneapolis, MN

Date: March 30, 2016

Questar Assessment Inc., a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability, announced today that its Chief Academic Officer, Timothy Vansickle, Ph.D., was honored with the 2016 Career Achievement Award at the Association of Test Publishers’ (ATP) Innovations in Testing Conference in Orlando, Florida.

The ATP’s Career Achievement Award honors individuals who have made sustained and positive contributions to the development, application, and innovations in testing and measurement through research, publications, presentations, professional activities, technology, conceptualizations, or theoretical contributions over a career. Special attention is given to individuals whose contributions have had a broad impact on improving testing and measurement in areas of clinical, certification and licensing, education, or industrial applications.

“Dr. Tim Vansickle’s professional positions span the science and practice of testing, but it is his personal dedication that makes honoring him such a pleasure. Dr. Vansickle is best noted for inspiring others to think outside the box, embracing new technologies, and generating energy and innovation in the field of assessment. Through his mentoring and guidance, there are many professionals within the industry today that contribute in their own right because of inspiration from Tim Vansickle,” said ATP Chief Executive Officer William G. Harris, Ph.D.

As Questar Assessment’s chief academic officer, Dr. Vansickle leads the company in the areas of policy, research, test development, psychometrics, and assessment, as well as providing training support for Questar’s staff and clients. He also oversees the innovative design and development of new testing programs and item types, conducts psychometric consultation for research projects, and represents Questar on technical and policy committees. A frequent speaker and prolific writer, Dr. Vansickle is an active member of the American Counseling AssociationAmerican Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Association of Test Publishers (ATP), and the National Council on Measurement in Education. His service to the ATP has earned him a place on the organization’s Board of Directors. He also serves as the Secretary of ATP’s Workforce Skills Credentialing Division.

Before joining Questar, highlights of Dr. Vansickle’s nearly 30-year career included heading up standards and assessment at the United States Department of Education, serving as the director of state assessments for the Minnesota Department of Education, and holding the position of vice president and director of research and custom assessments at Riverside Publishing. Dr. Vansickle earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Texas A & M University, a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Texas A & M University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota.

“Tim has a deep understanding of educational assessment, innovative research, and forward looking policy and best practices. His gracious guidance and informed judgment have been vital to our growth, stability, and continuing evolution of Questar as an industry leader,” said Jamie Post Candee, Questar’s president and chief executive officer. “I speak for the company when I say how proud we are to have the ATP recognize Tim’s outstanding career and many achievements.”

About Questar Assessment Inc.

Questar Assessment Inc. is a K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. We take a fresh and innovative approach to meaningful assessment design, delivery, scoring, analysis, and reporting. And we are reimagining how assessments can empower educators by giving them the insights they need to improve instruction and fully prepare students for college or career. Our high-quality, reliable assessment products and services are easily scaled and tailored to meet the specific needs of states and districts at an unprecedented value. Educators trust our high-performing teams and dependable technology to minimize risks and ensure success for states, districts, schools, and students. Questar is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and can be reached at or 800-800-2598.


Dr. Tim accepts ATP award

Pictured from left to right: Lauren Scheib, ATP COO; Andre Allen, 2016 ATP Chair; Dr. Timothy Vansickle; and Dr. William G. Harris, ATP CEO