Designing a program involves a program sponsor working with program owners, psychometricians, and subject matter experts (SMEs) to articulate the goals and constraints for a testing program or for a specific track within a larger program. Critical activities include identifying stakeholders that may play a role in program success, documenting value propositions, defining target candidate populations, and articulating the intended uses of test scores. Pre‐requisites, eligibility requirements, elective exams, and intermediate credentials as well as partnerships or reciprocity with other programs are documented. High‐level descriptions of all exams in a track may be drafted at this time as inputs to subsequent phases. The result of a quality program design is a solid understanding of the business case supporting the testing program and articulated goals that will serve as the guiding principles behind decisions throughout every exam‐development project within the program or track. This information should be documented in a Program Design Document.
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The U.S. Department of Justice has published proposed amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act. These changes could have a direct impact on the credentialing and assessment industry. The proposed changes can be found at www.ada.gov.