What if we can’t find an appropriate technical assessment? Can we create our own exam?
In situations where no nationally recognized assessment exists a district-approved consortium of local and state representatives (including business and industry partners) may develop an exam. Due to the need for exams to go through a psychometric evaluation, this process can be both costly and time-consuming. Testing vendors require exams to be piloted for a period of a year which may further delay a program’s approval.
- Schools that have undertaken this work with partners have frequently found that a third party (test producer) is required to ensure the assessment can be psychometrically validated, administered and scored. The cost of this work and the time involved is prohibitive and may take between 2-3 years to implement.
- It is important to note that a consortium approach does not guarantee that industry or postsecondary institutions will recognize the assessment that has been created. All program stakeholders should consider the value of the assessment and its potential to assist students in their transition to postsecondary programs, advanced training and/or entry level work.