Pre-Conference Workshop: Presented at the I.C.E. Exchange 2021

Standard setting is arguably one of the most critical aspects of any certification exam program. It defines the expectations for the exam or the performance standard and then translates that performance standard into an exam cut score. Credentialing organizations often rely on psychometricians and subject matter experts when determining exam cut scores.  However, it is important to keep in mind that standard setting is ultimately a policy decision. Although decision-makers often have the final say on a test’s cut score, they sometimes lack the background and training to make a fully informed, psychometrically sound decision.

This workshop will present a systematic, multi-tiered, standard setting framework to help decision-makers integrate a broader range of considerations into their process while still honoring the experience, expertise, and judgment of subject matter experts.

Workshop presenters will guide attendees through two examples of implementing a role responsibility assignment matrix; one example in a licensure setting and one example in a certification setting. Further, workshop presenters will describe various types of feedback that could be used to inform the standard setting and decision-making process. Attendees will leave with a completed role responsibility matrix to support their next standard setting study.


  • Brett P Foley, Ph.D., Director, Professional Credentialing and Senior Psychometrician, Alpine Testing Solutions
  • Corina Owens, Ph.D., Director, IT Credentialing and Senior Psychometrician, Alpine Testing Solutions

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