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Practical Psychometrics (Pilot)

  • 12 Sep 2013
  • 9:00 AM
  • 13 Sep 2013
  • 4:00 PM
  • 233 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2100 Chicago, IL 60601-5809


  • Member fee of $500 -- 50% savings.
  • Course fee is $600 for pilot version only. This is a $395 savings or 40% savings over the full fee of $995.

Practical Psychometrics (Pilot)


Limited enrollment -- 20

A 2-day onsite workshop for the lay person involved in credentialing. This workshop provides skills in using psychometrics for credentialing and assessments along with guidance on working more effectively with psychometricians.

Intended audience

  1. Managers and professionals who make decisions related to the application of psychometrics and who engage psychometricians
  2. Professionals who want a better understanding of psychometrics so they can be  better consumers of the services


Given a mandate to oversee or develop a credential and require psychometric services, you will learn to:

  • Define and select psychometric services that meet your requirements
  • Make sampling decisions that support your credentialing mandate
  • Select a defensible method for setting a pass score that best meets your needs
  • Identify the need for policies and procedures to reduce administrative error
  • Judge the validity of an assessment based on assessment data
  • Interpret item analyses and test results
  • Judge the efficacy of an assessment instrument
  • Design and conduct validation studies
  • Partner with psychometricians in ways that protect your interests
  • Respond to challenges to the validity and defensibility of your credential

Books and Materials

The fee includes an electronic copy of the Practical Psychometrics Workbook for Credentialing Professionals.   The workbook contains instructions and guidelines.

Topic Outline for the Practical Psychometrics Workshop

First Session:  What is Psychometrics?

•   Definitions

•   Overview of where psychometrics plays a role in the process of creating or evaluating a credential

•   What decisions benefit from psychometric input

•   The importance of knowing your psychometric requirements

•   What is required for evidence-centered assessment v other based assessments

•   Nomenclature that will help you find consultants that will help you move your process forward

•   Critical question to ask

Third Session: Guidelines for Knowledge and Skill-based assessment compared to Evidence-centered assessments

  • Strengths and limitation of methods used to set pass scores
  • What validity and reliability look like
  • How to interpret and use an item analysis
  • How to interpret and use test results
  • How to create & validate a rubric
  • Critical questions to ask

Second Session: General Integrity Guidelines

  • What is reliability and why it is important
  • What is validity and why it is important
  • How to minimize sampling error
  • How to minimize administrative error
  • How to minimize construct errors
  • How to establish internal integrity
  • Critical questions to ask

Fourth Session: Continuous Improvement

  • Inter-rater reliability
  • Instrument and Item analyses
  • Evaluating the performance of the instrument and process
  • Measuring quality, impact, and results
  • Critical questions to ask

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