BOARD ON TESTING AND ASSESSMENT
The Board on Testing and Assessment (BOTA) assists policy makers and the public by providing scientific expertise around critical issues of testing and assessment in education, the workplace, and the armed services. BOTA’s fundamental role is to raise questions about—and provide guidance for judging—the technical qualities of tests and assessments and the intended and unintended consequences of their use. BOTA consists of experts from a range of disciplines relevant to testing and assessment—psychology, statistics, education, economics, law, business, anthropology, sociology, and politics—as well as practitioners with experience in test use. Among the issues BOTA considers are the uses of tests as policy tools, civil rights implications of tests, and innovative methods of assessment.