In February 2015, a group of 40 District Superintendents sent a letter to the Illinois State Superintendent emphasizing the need to delay Common Core test delivery due to concerns that technological incapacity amongst districts would hamper test day and ultimately invalidate test data. As states navigate the rocky transition from paper-based to computer-based testing, educators are facing the challenge of selecting the best test data management tools to collect and analyze the large amounts of data generated from online test delivery.
Topics: Credentialing Programs
In 2015, the Florida State Senate decision to discard the results of the Florida Standards Assessment led to a validity study that found that only 65 percent of the questions used on the assessment matched Florida’s education standards. The psychometric-based study ultimately recommended that school districts not use scores as the sole-basis for graduation decisions due to validity problems with the test.
No test can be 100 percent valid. However, tests used for both educational assessment and professional credentialing are far too often plagued with misaligned content, poorly written items, and other flaws that skew the extent to which the test actually measures what it is supposed to measure.
To avoid these issues with your test, there are several ways in which you can use psychometric analysis to improve validity during both the test development and maintenance phases.
Topics: Psychometric Analysis
Lack of secure testing procedures at 44 schools in Atlanta in 2009 enabled 178 educators to doctor state test answers, a security violation that ultimately cost 7,064 students up to one-half of annual achievement gain. Security breaches such as these demonstrate the need to adopt an integrated and proactive security methodology for the entire test development and delivery process.
Security incidents involving the unauthorized acquisition or distribution of test items and candidate information can have lasting impacts on your organization’s reputation, brand, and finances.
To prevent costly security breaches and protect the integrity of your brand, here are 5 key principles for ensuring secure testing procedures:
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!
Topics: Our Perspective
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.
Topics: Our Perspective
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.
Topics: Press Release
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.
Topics: Press Release
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).
Topics: Press Release
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.