Postcard from Chicago: Five Non-Obvious Takeaways from My Four Hours of Conversations with NCARB

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    Kirsten Solberg

    There's lots of great information packed into this post, thank you! 

    I'm curious about the source of those Freedom of Information requests, weird stuff!

     

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    Michael Ermann

    The source of those Freedom of Information requests? I was sworn not to reveal the company so I cannot share. . . 

    One other thing that I WISH I had included in the list above: On the new fail reports, the percentage you see on the right-hand column.  . . That number is NOT the percentage of test items you need to get right to pass (as so many have now erroneously understood them to be), but rather the average percent of test items correct that THOSE who have passed earned. Let's say for a given exam division/form cut score you need to answer 67 out of 100 questions correctly to pass. Obviously, some passed with a 67, and others may have passed with 95/100. The average of ALL those who passed will be somewhere BETWEEN 67 and 95, making NCARB's reference percentage column almost always higher, and sometimes much higher, than the minimum you need to pass. I explained it more thoroughly in this video.

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