ASSESSMENT 2000 (A2k) is a test publisher, established in 2001 by Dr. Sybil Kline, for the purpose of research, development, and distribution of assessment products. The mission of A2k is to create psychometrically valid assessment products that address the changing needs of practitioners in the fields of education and psychology. It establishes a foundation for the future of assessment in the next century that incorporates a sociocultural model responsive to the cultural and linguistic diversity in the population.
The research foundations of A2k are from the fields of developmental, sociocultural and educational psychology. A2k products incorporate the theoretical perspective of the Cultural-Historical Theory and the related concepts, coined by Dr. Sybil Kline, of the Opportunity Model, opportunity niche, cognitive nurturance, and teachability, which are published in the Handbook of Psychology. Field initiated research packaged into A2k products was supported by grants from the U.S. Dep't of Education, faculty from UCSC and UCLA, and National Research Center federal supervisors.
A2k products are aligned with the methods of dynamic assessment, response to intervention (RTI) and positive behavior intervention and support (PBIS). Currently, they include assessment and intervention products in the subject areas of attention, behavior, and cognition. They address current needs for practitioners coping with culturally and linguistically diverse and changing populations of students and clients. Appropriate assessment tools are manadated by federal regulations and critical for informing high stakes decisions. A2k assessment instruments are focused on addressing these challenges and provide research-based scientifically valid products for application by practitioners.
ASSESSMENT 2000 is also involved in conducting evaluations for referrals from local university resource centers, schools, and behavioral health providers. The ASSESSMENT 2000 Test Center offers psycho-educational and attention evaluations for young adults, school children, and behavioral health clients. It is affiliated with a collaboration of mental health professionals that provide ongoing support services, coaching, and counseling. The A2k Test Center is also the research lab for test development projects, including data collection, collaboration, and piloting products in progress.
Assessment 2000 provides professional development for researchers, teachers, and mental health professionals. It offers training workshops and home study courses based on A2k assessment products and the research foundations incorporated into test instruments. Such topics include: Sociocultural Approach to Non-discriminatory Assessment", "Hidden Adult ADHD", and "Assessment of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support". Continuing Education units are available for many licensed mental health procfessionals participating in training workshops, presentations, and home study courses. A2k related research papers and articles are made available for download on the "Research" page of this website.