International Journal of Testing Call for Paper for Special Issue

Challenges and Opportunities in the Design of “Next-Generation Assessments of 21st Century Skills”

International Journal of Testing

The International Journal of Testing (IJT), the official peer-reviewed journal of the International Test Commission, is calling for submission of manuscripts for a themed issue on the challenges and opportunities in the design of “next generation assessments of 21st century skills.”

We are seeking manuscripts related to evidence-based models or tools that facilitate the scalability of the design, development, and implementation of new forms of assessment.  The papers should address topics beyond familiar tools and processes, such as automated scoring, focusing instead on assessment architecture and assessment engineering models with illustrations, visual representations, design patterns, simulating learning and performance contexts, new item types, and steps taken to ensure reliability and validity. A goal is to enrich understanding of what has worked well, why, and lessons learned to strengthen future conceptualization and design.  

We have asked Dr. Robert Mislevy, who is an expert in this area, to contribute a paper and facilitate the review and paper selection process. All submissions will be reviewed by Dr. Mislevy, members of the IJT editorial team including Associate Editors, Dr. Maria Elena Oliveri and Dr. Oleksandr S. Chernyshenko, and Editor, Dr. Stephen Stark, and reviewers with expertise on the topic.

Instructions for Submissions

Deadline for submission has been extended to January 15, 2018. Manuscripts must be submitted through IJT’s online submission system ( with a note in the author cover letter expressing interest in being considered for the special issue. Recommended manuscript length is no more than 4,000 words excluding the abstract, tables, figure legends, and references, but the editors reserve the right to accept manuscripts of any length and/or limit manuscript length. Authors of manuscripts, which are considered strong and a good fit for IJT, but are not selected for this special issue will be invited to revise and resubmit for possible publication in another issue.

We anticipate that the print date will be the last issue of 2018.

For specific instructions about IJT manuscript requirements, please visit the Instructions for Authors page.
To submit a manuscript, please visit:
Please direct questions about the special issue to Editor Stephen Stark (