Hello. Welcome to Alpine. We have quite a few things in common with you. For starters, we are people. We are passionate about what we are doing, we are driven to make a positive difference in the world, and we have a story or two. We also happen to have considerable expertise in test development, psychometrics, candidate management, and policy; which we use to help people build programs to validate knowledge, skills, and competencies. We strive to create positive experiences related to assessment, measurement, and psychometrics. Perhaps best of all, we’re kind of fun to work with; and shouldn’t work be fun, as well as meaningful? Please take a few minutes to explore our website and contact us. We look forward to meeting you.
Chances are your organization doesn’t develop and administer tests – or other means to validate knowledge, skills, and competencies – just to develop and administer a test. Rather, the test is developed and administered so that the test scores can be used for a defined purpose, perhaps to inform a learning path, a credentialing decision, or an employment decision. If there is a problem with the test or inferences drawn from the test scores, it will affect the quality of those decisions. We understand your test is a means to a larger end, and whatever that might be, it is important and carries real consequences for your organization and your stakeholder groups. That is why validity is at the heart of all of our solutions. That is also why we emphasize collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation so that solutions meet your program’s needs and are feasible within your program’s constraints.
Validity is the degree to which evidence and theory support the interpretations of test scores for proposed uses of tests.
Source: American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, National Council on Measurement in Education (2014). Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. Washington, DC: AERA
A cookie-cutter is ideal for making cookies, but not for creating solutions that meet your program’s unique needs. We are Alpine and we are assessment, measurement, and data-management professionals (or “nerds” if you ask our families and friends). We first seek to understand your unique situation and then collaborate to tailor a solution that meets your program’s specific needs and constraints. We have deep expertise that comes from decades of applied experience working with professional credentialing bodies, licensure and regulatory bodies, IT certification programs, employers, and other types of organizations with a need to validate knowledge, skills, and competencies. We’ve been told we work and play well with others, communicate complex and technical psychometric concepts in ways that make them understandable, and create solutions that do a better than average job of navigating the crossroads of policy, business constraints, and measurement needs. We’d be thrilled to get to know you and have an opportunity to apply our experience and expertise on behalf of your program.