Yardstick Testing and Training acquires Assessment Strategies Inc.
Creating a 100% Canadian-owned leader in the rapidly expanding global education-technology sector.
Yardstick Testing and Training, one of Canada’s fastest growing and industry leading educational technology companies, have announced that they have acquired 100% of the shares of Assessment Strategies Inc. (ASI) from the Canadian Nurses Association.
The transaction consolidates the two most advanced testing companies in Canada today. Combined, they form a Canadian testing solution capable of competing and delivering on a global scale.
Formed in 1997 by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) to manage high-stakes licensure and certification examinations, ASI was Canada’s first full-service professional testing company, establishing high-stakes testing expertise on Canadian soil. Since then, they have set the standard for psychometrics, test development products, and services in the Canadian market, providing bilingual testing services to national and provincial/territorial clients for licensure and certification programs.
Chris LaBossiere, CEO and Co-Founder of Yardstick, is excited to unite ASI’s expertise with Yardstick’s robust testing technology, experienced psychometrics team, extensive test center network and client-focused attitude.
“Together, we are well-positioned to serve the Canadian market in a way neither alone has been able to achieve, by leveraging our collective breadth of expertise and the opportunities for greater efficiency and convenience presented by economies of scale. Under a common banner and shared vision, the new organization will be the strongest group of testing professionals ever assembled in Canada.
As technology continues to disrupt learning and assessment, with the proliferation of virtual and internet-based solutions in both markets, we are fighting for market share of a multi-billion-dollar industry, on a truly global stage. With Yardstick’s modern technological solutions, and entrepreneurial culture, coupled with the professional assessment experience of ASI, we are ready to take that fight to the US, UK and other similarly regulated markets.”
LaBossiere adds that Yardstick will be participating in its first e-ATP conference in September, ready to bring Canadian solutions to the European marketplace.
Yardstick will consolidate all psychometrics, examination administration software and services under the name Yardstick Assessment Strategies Inc. (YASI).
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