Hello. My name is Anna Witter-Merithew, Interim Executive Director of RID.

The purpose of this vlog is to discuss recent RID Board decisions regarding the moratorium on performance exams.

March 17, 2016, the RID Board approved the Scope of Work associated with the development of a bridge plan for the CDI. A bridge plan is a process whereby a temporary credential can be awarded until a new test is developed. Applications for the temporary CDI will be accepted beginning July 1, 2016. On March 18, 2016, the RID Board of Directors lifted the moratorium on the NIC performance exam by establishing July 1, 2016 as the date when applications will be accepted, with scheduling to resume shortly thereafter.

As well, the RID Board approved the fiscal plan for funding the development of a new CDI exam and the enhancements to the NIC exam. With these decisions, the NIC Job Task Analysis (JTA) will be distributed in the near future, followed by the enhancement cycle, which should be completed in FY 17. Simultaneously in FY 17, a JTA for the CDI will be developed and implemented, followed by new test development in FY18. More information about the test development process will be forthcoming.

The moratorium continues for the SC:L, OTC and Ed:K-12. With respect to the SC:L, the RID Board voted to include in the scope of work for the soon-to-be-appointed Certification Committee the charge to explore alternative ways to credential specialties, including consideration of alternatives to performance testing.

The RID Board instituted the moratorium based on a number of factors. Several factors were addressed in the November 2016 Testing and Certification Risk Assessment and included some of the following:

  • Internal and external operational issues (such as the backlog of results, inefficient technical processes and lack of autonomy).
  • Financial commitment needed for funding test maintenance and development.
  • Operational plan for carrying out test development and maintenance, both now and into the future.
  • Governance issues such as the CM 2007.4 conference motion related to defining criteria for recognizing certification/assessments other than RID’s for RID certification.

The moratorium was instituted to allow RID to address systemic issues with performance testing. The focus of this moratorium was not the tests themselves—such as the test design, content, cut-off score, pass-fail rate. Rather, it was a moratorium to allow RID to address and/or correct some of the systemic issues that have plagued the administration process.

The cycle of test development that will now be followed for the NIC and CDI was laid out in detail in the FY2015 Annual Report, posted to the membership on February 22, 2016. You may want to revisit that report at to gain a clear understanding of how test design, content and cut-off score will be determined.

So, what has changed as a result of the moratorium?

Since the moratorium was instituted, HQ has been able to address and make progress in several areas.

  • Operational Progress:
    • Staff have corrected internal procedures that contributed to the backlog of exams. The process is now operating on reasonable timeframes, even with the influx of exams as a result of the moratorium announcement. Internal operational deficiencies have been significantly improved.
    • RID has identified a vendor with the capacity to provide greater efficiency within the testing processes and enhance the experience of testing candidates. A pilot project with the identified vendor is planned and will be implemented in the near future. Assuming the anticipated success, the result will be increased test sites and improved technology allowing the administration of the testing system to run much more efficiently.
    • The issue of autonomy in decision making around essential testing functions is being addressed through the establishment of the LLC. As well, the establishment of the LLC allows for a clear distinction between testing and certification functions to be operationalized. It also paves the way for additional partners to participate in the test management and administration process to further secure testing system stability.
  • Test Development Plans & Fiscal Deficits Progress:
    • A two-year operational plan has been laid out for the LLC that involves RID covering the cost of staff, facilities and supplies for a two-year period [FY 17 and FY18], allowing the testing revenue to be used exclusively for test development during this 2-year timeframe.
      • Funds to cover these costs will come from several sources, including test fees that will be collected by the LLC, funds freed up by deep cuts to the RID budget, and by potentially borrowing against RID’s line of credit related to equity in the 333 Commerce Street property.
    • Beginning in FY19, the LLC is expected to become self-supporting, and be able to generate the reserve needed to cover annual test maintenance for the NIC and CDI. This expectation will be achieved by increasing the cost of performance testing and by separating other RID operational costs from the testing function.
    • A multi-year test development plan for both the CDI and the NIC were laid out that spread out the costs associated with development into a manageable formula.
    • A bridge plan for issuance of a temporary CDI credential was outlined by the Certification Department for review and consideration by a panel of experts appointed by the Board of Directors.
    • The Board approved the appointment of a new Certification Committee with a scope of work that is being developed and will include identifying alternate approaches to specialty credentialing.
    • The Testing LLC will have a Testing Committee whose scope of work will include engagement around test development.
  • Governance Progress
    • The Board created a workgroup to address CM2007.4 and bring recommendations before the membership for a vote. The work of this group is anticipated to come before the membership by summer of 2016.
    • Should the membership approve criteria for recognizing assessments/credentials other than those offered by RID, then Boys Town could apply for RID certification recognition of the EIPA [as could any testing/credentialing entity]. Assuming the application satisfied the criteria, then the moratorium on the ED:K-12 credential could be lifted.

The RID Board also took into consideration the urgency expressed from regulatory agencies, consumers and RID membership for a return to performance testing. The Board appreciates the importance of providing a pipeline to certification for qualified candidates. This expressed urgency, coupled with the progress in the areas mentioned above, moved the Board to lift the moratorium on the NIC and the implementation of a CDI Bridge Plan until CDI test development creates a new exam.

Look for additional information on these decisions in the FAQ section of the RID website. A link is provided elsewhere in this issue of the E-News. And, let us know of other questions you may have regarding these decisions. Thank you.

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