NATP is dedicated to the support of testing coordinators nationwide. In that effort, we have provided a free membership opportunity for the last two years. With the support of our dedicated sponsors, we have grown our membership to 1400+ members from 29 different states. That is incredible!
In that time, we have also built a robust online community for you. The NATP Community is a way for you to connect and engage with testing peers nationwide and access content and resources that help inform and simplify your work. But, to continue growing the NATP impact, we need your support.
NATP introduced membership dues of $50 per year effective January 2023. For less than the cost of one fast food meal per month (and we can all do without that), we will provide you with a year’s worth of unlimited support and resources AND access to the NATP Community, events, and resources! This investment is intentionally nominal but will allow us to continue to build momentum and reach more members.
On March 2nd, membership access defaulted to the limited Free plan until you choose to upgrade, so bring your dues and your ideas!
Still uncertain? Here are 11 Reasons You Should Upgrade Your NATP Membership.
Take it from your peers, the $50 upgrade is 100% worth it!
Pam Brown, Texas
As an assessment professional since 1984 I am constantly in search of tips, tricks, best practices, research, and anything that will help me work smarter and not harder. My state assessment organization is amazing and has shown me the importance of networking. Therefore, being part of a national professional association just adds to my repertoire and helps me handle the overwhelming job of district test coordination. And an added benefit is that I can use my years of knowledge to assist others with others just starting on this journey. – Pam Brown, Director of Counseling & Assessment, Lubbock-Cooper ISD, Texas/NATP Vice President
Dr. Kelli Langan, Arkansas
Being a DTC is a hard, lonely job. Joining NATP has provided me the opportunity to collaborate with other DTC from not only my state, but across the nation! NATP provides venues through which DTC from all over the country can share resources and assist one another. I feel like my load has been lightened significantly.
The NATP effort to unite the Testing Professionals is so important because we have historically been the only educational group NOT united. With all the testing we have each year, this position can burn you out fast. With the help of NATP, Arkansas was able to launch our own testing network in 2022, the Arkansas Association of Testing Professional (AATP)! Under the guidance of Dr. Elda Garcia, AATP was launched in 4 months…4 months! We are so excited to be able to unite our testing professionals across the state to support our state educational department and reduce the efforts of every single person involved. We are genuinely stronger together! Thank you, NATP! – Dr. Kelli Langan, Director of Assessment & Accountability, Springdale Public Schools, Arkansas / AATP President
Neyda Francis, Florida
I joined NATP because this organization brings all Testing Professionals together to discuss topics that impact all, regardless of the state in which you reside. This work is essential because sharing ideas and best practices is the way of work! – Neyda Francis, Brevard Public Schools, Florida / FATA Past President
Susan (Suzy) Keidel, California
I joined NATP to have access to a community of other Testing Professionals from around the nation. Serving as a local LEA testing coordinator, having a pulse on what is happening nationally, as well as locally in my own county and state, are important to increase our knowledge and effectiveness related to all things testing.
The NATP effort is important to allow testing professionals the opportunity to learn the variance across our country related to the various tests used and how testing is implemented as well as learning best practices from others in the field. – Susan (Suzy) Keidel, Assistant Director, LEA CAASPP & ELPAC Coordinator, Accountability & Educational Technology, San Bernardino City Unified School District, California
Teddy Simmons III, Michigan
Schools and districts are facing historically complex challenges in the k-12 education arena. Ensuring that educators are providing the best practice in the testing environment is critical to ensuring equitable, efficient, and ethical practice. Joining the NATP has provided me with a platform and a means to access to a network of testing professionals, knowledge, and resources, informing me through testing discussion topics and feedback from educators in the field. Happy to have been exposed to this great resource! – Teddy Simmons III, Data & Assessment Analyst, Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
Kathy Milton, Texas
As a Testing Professional who has worked in two states during my career, I was excited to see the creation of a National Association. When I first learned of our State Association in 2012, it was exactly what I needed to grow in my area of expertise. The networking around the state was invaluable, now I can network around the country! I now have colleagues using the same vendors in other states whom I can dialogue with, encourage, and support. We have discussions about platform issues, resolutions, and best of all enhancements that support our roles in assessment. So many districts now give national assessments at multiple grade levels, it is no longer just college entrance exams that fit the national scale.
As the organization grows so will the opportunities to learn and grow. We often feel that our assessment program is different from any other state, but at the state level, our leaders work with each other to compare, enhance, and grow state assessment programs. With NATP, we as district leaders can compare, enhance, and grow our district assessment programs! – Kathy Milton, Director of Assessment & Accountability, Royse City ISD, Texas
Barrington Maxwell, Florida
The collaboration I’ve experienced as a member of Florida Association of Testing and Accountability has been invaluable. I decided to join NATP because I believe that collaboration on a national level amongst test coordinators, could be even more valuable to my counterparts. NATP’s focus on growing collaborative efforts amongst test coordinators state by state is crucial as the new innovative ways our nation assesses it students takes shape. – Barrington Maxwell, Senior Administrator of Student Assessment, Orange County Public Schools, Florida
San Juanita Ramirez, Texas
NATP is all about aligning, connecting and motivating us all! Through their online sessions, weekly updates and professional interactions with members, I have been able to broaden my skill set. This is without doubt one organization that I’ll continue to be a part of. – S.J. Ramirez, Coordinator, Student Assessment, Texas
Dr. Felicia Smith, Arkansas
I instantly joined NATP from the excitement of having support for testing. It piqued my interest to hear from testing vendors and colleagues around the US of systems that make them champions. It is very important to have a network system and to acquire knowledge/wisdom for the testing role. The resources are phenomenal as I compared them to my own practices to revamp, keep, or remove what I already have in place as my own system. It has also built my area of network in Arkansas. – Dr. Felicia Smith, Supervisor of Assessment and Support Services, Fort smith Public Schools, Arkansas
Dr. Peter Zsiga, Florida
As the Treasurer for the Florida Association of Test Administrators when Dr. Garcia presented the NATP to us, it was obvious to me that there was a clear intent to create a national organization to support test administrators and provide a mechanism to share best practices across the country. Deciding to join the effort was effortless. So much change had happened over the past few years in legislation and management of statewide and national assessments, and more were projected. Having a collaborative, national voice for those who were closest to the space between the students and the tests was timely and necessary. Since joining NATP, we have participated in most of their web-based seminars and visited their web pages frequently. Even when we were doing things right and well for our students and communities before, during and after testing, we were able to see how others in other states had great ideas and different methods that we could use to make improvements. – Dr. Peter Zsiga, Retired Coordinators of Accountability, St. Lucie Public Schools, Florida