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Two GMAC Staff Recognized for Contributions to Testing

GMAC staff members Ernest Anastasio and Kyung (Chris) Han are being recognized for their contributions to the assessment field. The awards, offered by two different organizations, honor their work in standardized testing at opposite ends of their careers.

Anastasio, a senior adviser, was recently presented with the Career Achievement Award from the Association of Test Publishers. Later this spring, Han, a psychometrician and research senior manager, will receive the Alicia Cascallar Award for outstanding paper by an early career scholar by the National Council on Measurement in Education.

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Ernest Anastasio, left, and Chris Han

“We are extremely proud of both Ernie and Chris for the work they do on behalf of not only GMAC and the GMAT exam but also the entire standardized testing field,” says Peg Jobst, executive vice president of the Graduate Management Admission Council. “We are grateful to both ATP and NCME for recognizing the stellar work Ernie and Chris have done, and we’re especially happy to see them honored in the same year at both ends of the pipeline, from early career to lifetime achievement.”

Anastasio was honored in February for a career spanning 45 years in which he has worked on numerous aspects of standardized testing, including research, test and market development, and test program management. Early in his career, Anastasio conducted assessment-related research in the areas of multivariate analysis and multi-dimensional scaling. His  more recent achievements include  conceptualizing and directing the transition of the GMAT exam from paper and pencil to computer adaptive format; participating in the design and development of the Pearson Test of English; creating the GMAT Ethics and Compliance Panel; and developing  the statement of GMAT Test taker Rights and Responsibilities. Anastasio holds degrees from Trinity College and Texas Christian University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. Anastasio’s honor was presented two years after the Association of Test Publishers bestowed the same recognition on GMAC’s Lawrence Rudner.

Han, a psychometrician and research senior manager, will receive the Alicia Cascallar Award for outstanding paper by an early career scholar by the National Council on Measurement in Education. He will receive the award in April at the NCME annual meeting in Vancouver.

Han’s paper, presented at the NCME meeting last year, proposes an “item pocket” approach to computer adaptive testing and explores the possibility that it could create a less restrictive testing environment while retaining measurement accuracy. He earned a PhD in psychometrics in 2008 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a BA in business administration from Sungkyunkwan University in Korea.

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