Thursday, August 26, 2010

FSBPT's odd policies continue to baffle

Yesterday, the FSBPT announced on their webpage that any post- July 11 NPTE test-takers would have their results held until at least October 1, 2010, if they graduated from a school in the Philippines, India, Egypt or Pakistan. The scores are being held pending a psychometric review of each test-takers’ results. Certain post-July 11 test takers should expect to have their scores invalidated; while others’ test results will be allowed to stand.

As has been consistently the case since the July 12 announcement, the FSBPT has been vague and inconsistent in their message. This vagueness and inconsistency calls into question the FSBPT’s ability to manage this situation.

With this latest webpage notice, the FSBPT has not explained what it looks for when it performs the psychometric review. More oddly, test takers whose scores have been invalidated may still be eligible to take the NPTE-YRLY in 2011 if they continue to meet their states’ eligibility requirements. This goes against the purpose of a review, which is presumably to protect the US public from cheating test takers.

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