Validity – the degree to which theory and evidence supports the intended uses and interpretations of test scores – is at the heart of all of Alpine’s services. We rely on best practices within the testing community and the extensive experience of our staff members to help you develop and maintain tests that comply with professional standards such as:

  • The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (1999) jointly sponsored by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), American Psychological Association, and National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)
  • NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs sponsored by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE)
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI), International Standards Organization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 17024
  • ICE 1100 : 2010(E) - Standards for Assessment-Based of Certificate Programs from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).

 

Test Development

Figure 1 illustrates the general approach to test development and validation recommended by Alpine.

Psychometric Analysis

Alpine’s psychometricians are adept at designing and performing analyses using Classical Test Theory, Item Response Theory, and Rasch to support the validity of test uses, reliability of test scores, and fairness for test takers.

Psychometric Consultation

Alpine’s psychometricians apply their extensive experience to provide consultation services that focus on the unique validation framework for testing programs in credentialing and education.

Security

Security is an important element of your validity evidence and therefore should be considered in your validation framework and integrated into your program design and your test development and maintenance activities.

Credential Management

Alpine has combined its expertise in psychometrics with its expertise in managing candidate, exam, and program data to create CertMetrics™ credential management system.

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