2015 Keynote: Going Far...Together
Rachel R. Watkins Schoenig
Assistant Vice President and Head of Test Security
ACT, Inc.

The testing industry continues to experience dynamic change. Over the past decade, technology enhanced items, miniaturized electronic devices, online proctoring, and new credentialing needs have caused wave after wave of change for test sponsors and test administrators. At the same time, the impact testing can have on the lives of individuals — and therefore the importance of valid test results — has never been greater. In this keynote, Ms. Schoenig reviews the current testing landscape and highlights trends that promise to impact the next generation of assessment design and delivery. She will explore the importance of building a testing community and common framework to effectively respond to these changes. Please join her as she discusses how — together — we can go far toward ensuring valid score results and making a difference in the lives of individuals and the well-being of our communities.

Rachel R. Watkins Schoenig, J.D., is Assistant Vice President and Head of Test Security for ACT, Inc. Under her leadership, ACT has proactively improved test security across its education and workforce continuum products. She successfully implemented new data forensics, enhanced digital communication tools, a redesign of ACT's test security framework, and an industry-leading program to deter impersonation testing using facial recognition technology. She has conducted extensive investigations both domestically and internationally. A creative problem solver, she has also been instrumental in designing innovative test security applications for use on personal devices. She is the 2016 Program Chair for the Association of Test Publishers' annual Innovations in Testing conference and a member of the ATP/NCTA joint committee on Proctoring Best Practices. She currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Conference on Test Security and was the 2014 Conference chair. Ms. Schoenig is passionate about advancing lives and the impact test security can have on ensuring a fair testing experience and valid test results for all examinees. She regularly presents on test security topics at industry conferences and has authored or co-authored several published articles and chapters, including a chapter in The Handbook on Test Security. She is an active volunteer within her community, including serving as a member of the Library Board of Trustees and the Iowa Women's Foundation. She is admitted to practice law in Iowa and Illinois. Before joining ACT, she led the in-house legal department for a publicly-traded company engaged in international franchising and manufacturing where she provided advice concerning mergers and acquisitions, distributorships, compliance, litigation, and intellectual property matters.