1st Edition

Testing in the Professions Credentialing Policies and Practice

Edited By Susan Davis-Becker, Chad W. Buckendahl Copyright 2017
    308 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    308 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Testing in the Professions focuses on current practices in credentialing testing as a guide for practitioners. With a broad focus on the key components, issues, and concerns surrounding the test development and validation process, this book brings together a wide range of research and theory—from design and analysis of tests to security, scoring, and reporting. Written by leading experts in the field of measurement and assessment, each chapter includes authentic examples as to how various practices are implemented or current issues observed in credentialing programs.

    The volume begins with an exploration of the various types of credentialing programs as well as key differences in the interpretation and evaluation of test scores. The next set of chapters discusses key test development steps, including test design, content development, analysis, and evaluation. The final set of chapters addresses specific topics that span the testing process, including communication with stakeholders, security, program evaluation, and legal principles. As a response to the growing number of professions and professional designations that are tied to testing requirements, Testing in the Professions is a comprehensive source for up-to-date measurement and credentialing practices.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at http://www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.




    1. Credentialing: A continuum of measurement theories, policies, and practices

    Chad W. Buckendahl

    2. A Validation Framework for Credentialing Tests

    Michael T. Kane, Brian E. Clauser, and Joanne Kane

    3. Test Design: Laying out the Roadmap

    Susan Davis-Becker and Timothy J. Muckle

    4. Specifying the Content of Credentialing Examinations

    Amanda Clauser and Mark Raymond

    5. Content Development and Review

    Cynthia Parshall and Belinda Brunner

    6. Estimating, Interpreting, and Maintaining the Meaning of Test Scores

    Walter D. Way and Kathleen Gialluca

    7. Data and Scale Analysis for Credentialing Examinations

    Richard M. Luecht

    8. Communication with Candidates and Other Stakeholders

    Ellen R. Julian and Brian Bontempo

    9. Security Issues in Professional Certification/Licensure Testing

    James A. Wollack and Gregory J. Cizek

    10. Using Standards to Evaluate Credentialing Programs

    Lawrence J. Fabrey

    12. Legal Issues for Credentialing Examination Programs

    S.E. Phillips


    Susan Davis-Becker is a Partner with ACS Ventures, LLC, USA.

    Chad W. Buckendahl is a Partner with ACS Ventures, LLC, USA.