Karen Barton named VP of Assessment Operations at ETS

Karen Barton has been named vice president of assessment operations for Princeton-based ETS. Barton will work with Senior Vice President of Production and Delivery Dennis Stetzel in leading the organization’s design, development and delivery of assessments across operations.

“Karen brings the experience we need to realize the future of assessment, which is focused on enabling the progress of individuals of all backgrounds,” Sevak said.

Barton will head assessment operations and lead a team of professionals in reenvisioning the design and implementation of ETS’ assessments, psychometrics and scoring and reporting.

“I am truly honored to be in this role at ETS, and I look forward to innovating how we measure the skills of all learners,” Barton said. “From design through delivery, we have an obligation to ensure that ETS assessments support sound decision-making so learners can access more opportunities to learn, grow and be successful.”

Barton began her journey into psychometrics as a special education teacher when she became dissatisfied with the utility and truth in the assessments of her students. She went on to serve as a research scientist, psychometrician and assessment designer. Most recently, Barton led the solutions and innovations team at Northwest Evaluation Association.