Text of Board Motion 2005.15 for reference:
“To accept the Certification Council recommendation CC 2004.02 Policy Against RID Agents and Testing. That agents of the RID including, but not limited to Local Test Administrators (LTAs), Site Coordinators, Raters, Certification Council Members, Task Force Committee Members, National Office Staff and the Board of Directors shall not be permitted to stand for any RID/NAD certification tests. Persons who previously served as agents of the RID Inc. shall wait a minimum of one year before they can be eligible to stand for any RID/NAD exam.“
Board Motion 2005.15 was offered at the Board meeting on 01APR2005 and was passed. This motion accepted the Certification Council recommendation CC 2004.02.
The current Certification Committee (2019-2021, Chair Daniel Maffia) now recommends this motion be made moot to reflect the changes in governance conditions that divests testing to CASLI.
According to the FY16 Annual Report, “As of July 1, 2016, the test development, maintenance, and delivery functions of RID are managed and administered through its subsidiary LLC, the Center for the Assessment of Sign Language Interpretation (CASLI).” RID no longer proctors or handles certification exams, therefore, its agents no longer have a conflict of interest in standing for exams.
The motion was originally passed with the intention of preventing those staff handling RID tests from receiving inside information about testing and using it for personal gain, against CPC Tenet 3.8. There are no such agents in a position to take similar liberties at this time, nor can there be in the future due to organizational changes that have taken place since 2005, including the separation of CASLI, LLC.
The Board and the membership of RID have continuously emphasized the need for Subject Matter Experts in the operation of our organization. By allowing current RID agents and staff to become certified, RID can promote the development of SMEs from within the organization. RID has benefitted in the past from having certified interpreters on staff, but currently has none. It is necessary for RID to provide this type of professional development in order to improve services to the membership and the community.
Prohibition from testing is a disincentive for people to serve as Board members, especially for those Deaf members who would want to take a certification exam once available.
Text of Board Motion 2009.12 for reference:
“To accept the revision to the agents of RID testing policy to allow, within psychometric standards, testing of agents of RID who were prevented from testing by virtue of their positions for tests deactivated by RID.”
Board Motion 2009.12 was offered at the Board meeting held 25MAR2009 through 29MAR2009 and was passed. This motion used Board Motion 2005.15 as a logical foundation. If Board Motion 2005.15 is rendered moot, then Board Motion 2009.12 will, by extension, be rendered moot.
The current Certification Committee (2019-2012, Chair Daniel Maffia) recommends that this motion be made moot.
There are currently no tests that were deactivated less than a year ago.
As RID and its agents have been severed from the testing process, now housed by CASLI, there is no anticipated future need to consider an allowance for RID agents to take deactivated RID tests as no conflicts of interest, real or perceived, will exist.
This motion should be voted on at the national conference since this specifically impacts the members of the Board and a national conference motion and vote will bypass any potential conflicts of interest.