Mr Alton McPherson joined the staff of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)® on 1 June 2013 as Assistant Registrar (EDPD) now termed Manager. In April 2016, he was assigned the Supervisory role of Coordinator (Cognate Team 3) and had responsibility for scheduling, coordinating and contributing to the development of examination papers and items, as well as the grading and reporting of examination performance for the subjects within that portfolio.
Mr McPherson acted as Senior Manager (EDPD) from 26 March 2018 and was appointed to the role on 15 June 2019. As Senior Manager, he is responsible for managing the Examinations Development and Production Department; providing leadership and direction for professional staff involved in test construction and related activities; providing technical advice to the Council and its Committees on all psychometric issues relating to syllabus development, setting examination papers, marking of candidates’ scripts and the grading of candidate performance; conducting and supervising research activities; and, providing technical assistance to institutions and member countries; planning and coordinating the production, printing and delivery of the Council’s examination question papers and related materials.
Mr McPherson’s adept handling of this portfolio as well as his varied background in the measurement, evaluation and educational sectors in both government and non-governmental institutions and his ICT knowledge are strengths required for the role. Among his credentials he possesses a Masters of Arts in Education – Educational Measurement from the University of the West Indies, Mona, a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics with Honours from the University of the West Indies, Mona, and a Diploma in Electrical Engineering- Power from College of Arts, Science and Technology.
He also possesses Certificates in Computer Repairs and Mechanization.