The Assessment Resource Center (ARC) is an assessment and educational services enterprise unit in the College of Education at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. ARC provides achievement and ability testing materials, survey materials, and scoring services to local and state educational agencies across the United States. Our organization develops, produces, evaluates and reports the results of tests, surveys, and other data-gathering instruments employed in student outcomes assessment. ARC also provides program evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, and professional certification and licensure services to various organizations.
We have served Missouri’s educational community since the early 1930s, when it was established to serve Missouri’s public schools. ARC continues to be integrally involved in P-20 assessment throughout Missouri and other states, providing achievement and ability testing materials, survey materials, and scoring services to local and state educational agencies.
ARC has specifically served Missouri’s Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (MoDESE) on a number of assessment and evaluation projects, including the End-of-Course Assessments for secondary school students (as a subcontractor to Riverside Publishing), the Missouri Assessment Program-Alternate (MAP-A), and the Missouri Guidance Planning Surveys (MOGPS).
Casey Osterkamp Director
Casey Osterkamp has served as Director of the Assessment Resource Center since February of 2015. Prior to joining the ARC team, Ms. Osterkamp was a managing consultant for IBM’s Public Sector consulting practice based in Washington, D.C. During her time at IBM, she led the design and implementation of the United States (US) Department of Education’s enterprise-wide, post-award monitoring system, facilitated program-management trainings throughout the world for the US Agency for International Development, and led knowledge-management efforts for the US Army’s tuition assistance program, GoArmyEd. Ms. Osterkamp leverages her background in education policy and as an officer in the US Navy to lead a talented ARC team towards our mission of enhancing teaching, learning, and the discovery of knowledge through thoughtful assessment and program evaluation.
John Hardwick Assistant Director
John has a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. John is Assistant Director, providing operational leadership for various programs and services. He began his tenure with ARC in 1996 as the supervisor of distribution. He is now responsible for the direction of all operational elements involving the administration of ARC’s strategic programs and for the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and methods necessary to meet the goals and objectives of the organization.
Our staff also work with large numbers of teachers, administrators, and others to develop and revise assessment instruments, ancillary documents, and scoring/training materials on an ongoing basis. In-house information technology staff members develop and maintain scoring and reporting programs, including a proprietary system for the scoring of open-ended assessments. ARC’s distribution center regularly handles shipping and receiving for projects with tens of thousands of documents from hundreds of schools. ARC has the ability to scan both optical marks and images. ARC also provides archival storage service for thousands of documents and secure storage for research and assessment material.