Thomas Oakland Award for Distinguished Contributions to Testing and Assessment

This award recognizes an individual who has made noteworthy contributions to research or practice in educational or psychological assessment and who has had a positive impact at either an international level, or within their home country that represents a model for others to follow.

The winners of the Thomas Oakland Awards for 2018, Emeritus Professor Barbara Byrne, and Professor Dave Bartram, were to give their presentations on 10th July 2021 at the Colloquium. They were both conferred with their Awards in 2018 at the 11th ITC Conference in Montreal. Neither was able to be present to receive the Awards at that time. So, their presentations were carried over to be given in Luxembourg at the 12th ITC Conference in 2020. Subsequently this was postponed to the 2021 Colloquium.

Sadly, Professor Byrne died in December 2020 after a long struggle with illness. She was determined to give her talk and had booked her flight to Luxembourg – but unfortunately, we will never know what she was planning to say. We will miss her greatly as she was one of the great supporters of the ITC’s mission. There will be a session at the Colloquium to honour her and pay tribute to her contributions to SEM and in particular her books on using SEM which have been essential reading for most of us. 

The nominations for the Thomas Oakland Award for Distinguished contributions to Testing and Assessment for 2020 was completed last year and the decision was to honour the late Fons van de Vijver. Barbara Byrne was planning her talk as a tribute to Fons van de Vijver. Fons died in June 2019, and the award was made posthumously.

Dave Bartram will give his award keynote presentation [click here for details] and chair a session remembering the great contributions of Barbara Byrne and Fons van de Vijver [click here for details].

The next Thomas Oakland award will be made in 2022.