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RID and NAD Release the NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Credential Validity, Reliability, & Candidate Performance Report
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February 20, 2014 – Alexandria, VA - The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) in conjunction with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is pleased to release the NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Credential Validity, Reliability, and Candidate Performance Report.  This document provides an in-depth analysis of both the NIC Knowledge and Interview and Performance examinations and demonstrates that they are valid and reliable measurement instruments in meeting the identified needs of consumers of interpreting services.

Created under the direction of the NAD and RID Boards of Directors and the Certification Committee, this is the first time that such a report for any of RID’s certification programs has been developed and shared with RID members, stakeholders, and the public.

“First and foremost, sharing this information is a step toward building trust and creating the transparency for our certification programs, which has been identified as a priority among RID members,” explained Dawn Whitcher, RID President. “Second, states weigh the NAD-RID credentials when adopting licensure and regulations for sign language interpreters; they need information that verifies that the NIC credential meets the standards and needs of consumers of interpreting services.”

“The NAD has been collaborating closely with the RID including through representation on the joint Certification Committee, and strongly feels that public distribution of this information is important to our members, advocates and state associations of the deaf,” Christopher Wagner, NAD President, stated.

Wagner and Whitcher jointly agree on behalf of their respective organizations and as responsible stewards of the NAD-RID NIC program, “to ensure that standards are defined and measured throughout the exam process and met by those attaining the NIC credential.
 

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RID Announces Steps for Next Iteration of the NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Exam

Signed Video Announcement>>

Alexandria, VA – August 2, 2013 – The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) will be conducting a Job Task Analysis (JTA) for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Examination in an essential step to meet the “Professional Credibility” goals outlined in the newly adopted 2013-2016 RID Strategic Plan and fulfill the recommendations of the NAD-RID NIC Task Force, which were approved by both the NAD and RID Boards of Directors in 2010.

“RID is committed to building a model credentialing program that demonstrates our commitment to excellence in interpreting and achieving the mission and vision of the organization. The JTA is an essential step in that process,” stated Shane Feldman, RID Executive Director.

The purpose of a JTA is “to define practice of a profession in terms of the actual tasks that new practitioners must be able to perform safely and competently at the time of licensure or certification,” according to the  Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation’s 2010 Resource Brief, A Guide for Credentialing Organizations. Read more>>

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UPDATE on NIC Testing Platform: August 2, 2013

The transition of the NIC Interview and Performance Exam administration from our current list of Test Sites to sites managed by McCann Associates has experienced some operational delays, but RID is committed to providing regular status updates to the membership from this point forward.

The delay has come from identifying test sites that are appropriate for use with RID’s performance exams.  RID requires that a test sites be able to provide a private and comfortable room for our candidates.  They must also be able to meet the required hardware and internet connection speeds that are necessary for a seamless administration of the exams.  Locating sites that meet this criteria has been more difficult than anticipated.

However, we are very close to completing this work.  McCann has provided a list of cities and states where testing centers currently exist that meet our requirements.  These centers have procured the necessary equipment and have begun training to administer our exam.  A list of these locations can be found on RID’s Test Site Page.

This list will be updated on a regular basis as additional locations complete the necessary steps to prove that they meet RID’s criteria.  We are committed to having a reasonable distribution of testing sites so that travel time is minimized for our candidates.

Because of this delay, other necessary steps in this transition have been put on hold.  Therefore, testing on the new platform will not begin until the fall.  In addition, RID will likely hold exam results for an initial period after launch.  This will allow us to double and triple check the system.  Candidates who require exam results before the end of 2013 are encouraged to contact the nearest current RID Test Site to schedule an appointment.

RID will provide monthly updates until the transition is complete.  We are excited about this development, but want to ensure that the transition is as seamless as possible.
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RID Announces Major Development for the NIC Testing Platform
RID focuses on changes to heighten the candidates experience
Signed Video Announcement>>

Monday, May 20, 2013 – Alexandria, VA – The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc. (RID) is excited to announce the launch of a new testing platform for the National Association of the Deaf (NAD)-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Interview and Performance Exam that will deliver substantially faster results, increase the number of testing sites from 45 to 150 and provide additional measures of security of the exam materials and anonymity of the exam candidates.  

RID has contracted with McCann Associates to develop a new platform to administer the NAD-RID NIC performance exams at their network of testing sites, using an Internet-based solution. The NAD-RID NIC Interview and Performance Exam will be migrated to this new platform, which is anticipated to deploy no later than July 1, 2013. Read more>>
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Building Value in Certification: A Status Report on the Enhanced NIC Interview and Performance Examination (June 2012)
Signed Report>>
By Clarence “Buck” Chaffee, President of The Caviart Group, LLC

In July 2011, NAD and RID announced that the Boards of both organizations had approved a plan for developing the next generation of NIC Certification. The stated purpose of the changes was “to strengthen the effectiveness and increase the value of the NIC credential.” Since that announcement, a number of changes have been implemented: a national study (pre-Job/Task Analysis survey) of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing consumers of interpreting services was conducted;the enhanced NIC Interview and Performance Examination was launched;and a new interview and performance examination scoring process was implemented.

So now, nearly a year after the enhancements were announced, the time has come to assess how the program is doing.Have these changes done what they were purported to do? Is the NIC credential more effective and more valuable as promised and, if so, how can anyone tell? Read more>>
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DECEMBER 1 MARKS THE NEXT STEP FORWARD FOR THE NIC!
NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) News October 2011 Update

• New Scoring Process Implementation Date Announced
• Pre-Job Task Analysis Survey (Deadline October 24, 2011)

On December 1, 2011, the enhanced, streamlined, single-level NAD-RID National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Examination will go into effect. As announced at the RID National Conference in July, the enhanced examination will have the same content as the current NIC, but the content will be reformatted to focus more closely on critical interpreting skills.New scoring techniques designed to increase the accuracy, consistency and reliability of the examination scoring will also be introduced with this enhanced test. In addition to more effectively measuring the competency of exam candidates, the new scoring process will allow RID to provide exam results in signi
ficantly less time than before. The enhanced NIC will be administered at the same supersite locations currently available. Read more>>
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RID and NAD Embark on NIC Enhancement Process
Credential to Reflect Feedback from Members and Consumers, Best Practices, and New Testing Techniques and Technologies
Signed Press Release>>

JULY 19, 2011 - ALEXANDRIA, VA — The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) today announced that they are moving forward to enhance the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) credential. RID is proceeding expeditiously to implement enhancements that will strengthen the effectiveness and increase the value of the NIC credential for all stakeholders.

The multi-year plan begins later this year, when RID will implement a new NIC scoring process that will shift the credential to a one-level scoring format. The revisions will take advantage of new testing techniques and technologies to increase the accuracy, consistency and reliability of the scoring process and effectively measure the competency of applicants. In addition, the new system will allow RID to provide NIC exam results substantially faster.  Read more>>
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RID Launches Comprehensive Review of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) Examination

October 26, 2009 — Alexandria, VA — The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID), in conjunction with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), is pleased to announce the launch of the first of a series of meetings for a comprehensive review of the National Interpreter Certification (NIC) examination occurred on October 10-11, 2009, at the RID national office. Read more>>

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