New technical cooperation will facilitate badge sharing between industry-leading platforms.
Authors: Jill R. van den Heuvel, Ph.D., Sheryl S. Lazarus, Ph.D., and Martha L. Thurlow, Ph.D.
Assessments must be accessible to individuals with disabilities and non-native English language speakers while remaining secure. Credentialing organizations receive frequent exam accommodation requests. Somecredentialing programs have blanket policies, such as “all candidates testing in non-English speaking countriesandtaking an English version of an examination receive 30 additional minutes to complete the exam.” However, such blanket policies can create legal and security issues as not all candidates require the provided accommodation.Conversely, programslacking clearly defined accommodation policies riskallegations that the program does not providelegally required accommodations.
Exam accessibility is of utmost importanceto ensure valid scores; however, there are often questions about whether accommodations compromise exam security. Two vital components of ensuring exam score validity areexam security and providing accommodations to appropriate individuals.
Exam accessibility is legally required to allow all candidates possessing the required knowledge to earn a credential demonstrating that knowledge. Accommodations are changes made to “standardized” conditionsto enable individuals with needs and barriers to meaningfully access an exam. Accommodations can provide equitable access andensure a valid measure of exam constructs, which enables individuals with disabilities and English learners to demonstrate their knowledge and skills.
Laws and Professional Standards
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) determinedthat “reasonable” accommodations must be provided to individuals with disabilities. Technical assistance guidance from the U.S.
Back in October, we traveled to Portland, Oregon to participate in the 2015 ICE Exchange. It was great to connect with friends, build new relationships and soak up industry knowledge. We were busy at the conference--we debuted our new messaging campaign and exhibit creative, hosted our second annual Happier Hour and intrigued and entertained booth visitors with a working 3D printer that printed plastic models of the Portland skyline during exhibit hall hours. Sharing best practices for the betterment of our industry is core to Alpine's principles, so if you were unable to attend ICE or missed out on any of Alpine's thought leader presentations, allow us to help get your new year (and your brain!) started out on the right foot, we assembled our staff and co-presenter presentations from ICE in one convenient place for easy review and download, enjoy!
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The holidays are upon us and during this time of year, we are reminded that there are others who could benefit from a little extra help. Despite individual traditions or preferences, around the holidays one thing that becomes abundantly clear is the vast amount of need that exists. This year, as part of Alpine's Real World marketing campaign and with much thought and consideration in lieu of sending a traditional printed card or gift, we would make a donation to a charity of Alpine staff members’ choosing. We know that in the "real world" it's not just about creating tests, it's about the interconnectivity of the the human race and the part we all play in helping to make things better.
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Alpine Testing Solutions and PSI are excited to announce that they have jointly completed agreements in an effort to cooperatively deliver services to their respective clients. This partnership enhances Alpine’s service offerings in the test development industry and allows Alpine to utilize PSI’s highly secure worldwide network of over 800 test delivery centers. Alpine, an independent leader in the test development industry and PSI, a worldwide leader in the assessment and commercial testing industry, agree that this partnership leverages the two leading companies’ respective strengths in mutually beneficial ways.
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The new CertMetrics ™ Badging feature gives testing programs the ability to issue badges to candidates in recognition of a candidate’s accomplishments in their credentialing program. When using CertMetrics, candidates can manage and share their badges to common social media networks (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter), display badges within their personal email signature, or transfer them to other badge repositories—securely and easily. Shared badges additionally allow third-parties to accurately verify candidate accomplishments including the criteria required to earn the badge along with the badge’s validation period.
A legislatively-mandated committee in Florida has selected Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc. (Alpine) and edCount, LLC to conduct an independent verification of the psychometric validity of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA). The FSA is an assessment of English Language Arts and Mathematics aligned with the Florida state academic content standards and are given to students in grades 3 through high school. This project was mandated by House Bill 7069 and was signed into law on April 14, 2015. The project will include a series of evaluation studies that will result in a summary report of commendations and recommendations for the program.
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GAMBRILLS, MD – Alpine Testing Solutions, Inc., a leader in the test development industry, is pleased to announce Jack Schene as our new Consulting Sales Manager for Professional Credentialing. With more than 15 years of experience in business development and client service in the credentialing industry, Jack has a broad range of skills in client service management, client retention, and new business development. He is involved with numerous industry organizations including the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), Certification Network Group (CNG), and the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS).
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The management of any assessment programs continues to be a complex, challenging task for any organization. Regardless of whether the program operates in the education, professional credentialing or IT credentialing sector, competing demands place a significant amount of stress on your program. For the program sponsor, there is a consistent need to respond to new demands and find solutions that preserve the value of your testing program while maintaining its credibility.
In our previous post, we discussed some of the issues that assessment programs consider when building a comprehensive security program. For this post, we will focus on a few key preventive strategies that programs should evaluate in the context of their needs . There are inherent risks in testing so no approach can guarantee perfect compliance and no security breaches. However, these steps can go a long way in the right direction, and are worth the time and investment involved. Although many of these components may seem self-evident, they continue to be critical activities that can significantly reduce the risk of serious security breaches.