Designing a test involves program managers, stakeholders, psychometricians, and SMEs working together to create the framework for a test. Information from the Program Design is used to inform the discussion and decisions regarding an individual exam. The information needed to build the exam, including the exam-specific rationale, high-level content summary, and a description of the minimally qualified candidate/examinee are all articulated. Important decisions include the exam structure, delivery format, high-level schedule, scoring considerations, and acceptable item formats. These considerations are documented in a test design document which is used to inform and guide the remaining steps in the test development process, being updated as necessary along the way.
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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.