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CDR’s Entry-Level Registration Examinations for Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians: Dietetics Practice Audit & Test Specification Development. DEP Area Meeting Presentation Spring 2011. Questions you may be asking…. Why a certification examination? What should be on the test?.

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Dep area meeting presentation spring 2011

CDR’s Entry-Level Registration Examinations for Dietitians & Dietetic Technicians: Dietetics Practice Audit & Test Specification Development

DEP Area Meeting Presentation

Spring 2011


Questions you may be asking
Questions you may be asking… & Dietetic Technicians:

  • Why a certification examination?

  • What should be

    on the test?


Protect the public
Protect the Public & Dietetic Technicians:


Questions you may be asking1
Questions you may be asking… & Dietetic Technicians:

  • Why a certification

    examination?

  • What should be on

    the test, anyway?


First step
First Step……………. & Dietetic Technicians:

Practice Analysis,

Practice Audit,

Job Analysis


What is a dietetics practice audit dpa
What is a Dietetics & Dietetic Technicians: Practice Audit (DPA)?

  • Quantitative measure of what dietitians and dietetic technicians actually do in practice

  • Comparisons of those measures with previous practice audits


What is a dietetics practice audit dpa1
What is a Dietetics & Dietetic Technicians: Practice Audit (DPA)?

  • Identification of distinctions between entry-level RD and DTR practice

  • Empirically investigate adequacy of “entry-level” operationally defined in the past as the first three years following registration


Dietetics practice audit sample size and response rate
Dietetics Practice Audit & Dietetic Technicians: Sample Size and Response Rate

Sample Response

RD 4,285 74%

DTR 855 69%


The audit questionnaire rd
The Audit Questionnaire - RD & Dietetic Technicians:

166 Activity Statements

Ways Involved

Frequency

Risk

7 Demographic Questions


The audit questionnaire dtr
The Audit Questionnaire - DTR & Dietetic Technicians:

142 Activity Statements

Ways Involved

Frequency

Risk

7 Demographic Questions


Rd percent involvement by category
RD Percent Involvement & Dietetic Technicians: by Category


Dtr percent involvement by category
DTR Percent Involvement & Dietetic Technicians: by Category



Computer weightings
Computer Weightings Results

  • ACT psychomatricians combined the two scales of data: Frequency & Risk

  • Result is:

    Ordinal Data


Scale values
Scale Values Results

RiskFrequency

High = 5 Daily = 4

Moderate = 3, 4 Weekly = 3

Low = 1, 2 Monthly = 2

Less = 1

Risk is more

important than Frequency


Risk frequency recoding scale
Risk, Frequency Recoding Scale Results

Risk

Frequency

Rank


Procedure
Procedure Results

  • The Ordinal Data were evaluated using a test specification development software package

  • Each task was assigned a specific weight


Test specification development
Test Specification Development Results

Meeting February 2011

Test Specification Update Panel including Employers of Entry-Level RDs/DTRs met to evaluate data presented by ACT.


Registration examination for dietitians test specifications effective january 1 2012
Registration Examination For Dietitians ResultsTest Specifications – effective January 1, 2012



Registration examination for dietetic technicians test specifications effective january 1 2012
Registration Examination For Dietetic Dietitians for 2007 and 2012Technicians Test Specifications effective January 1, 2012



Reclassification
Reclassification Dietetic Technicians

  • Current items are re-

    classified according to

    the new domain/topic

  • Topic areas that need

    additional questions to

    fulfill the new content

    outline are identified

  • Item writer

    assignments are made


Next steps
Next Steps Dietetic Technicians

Study Guides

(September 2011)

www.cdrnet.org

Journal Article to be Published

June 2011


Future cdr sponsored webinars
Future CDR Sponsored Dietetic Technicians Webinars

  • Test Specifications – The Development Process

  • Passing Score Studies – How the Process Works

  • Exam Candidate Eligibility and the Testing Experience

  • Examination Candidate Scores Reports

  • Registration Examination 5-Year Summary Reports: How to Use Data and Track Trends and Evaluate Program Success


Item writer volunteers needed
Item Writer Volunteers Needed Dietetic Technicians

  • Access the form on CDR’s web site and make a copy

    http://www.cdrnet.org/PDFs/itemwritingvolunteerform.pdf

  • Fill it out and mail it to: Kay Manger-Hague at CDR, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, 60606-6995

  • Or fax it to 312/899-4772 to Kay’s attention


The session is now open for questions
The session is now Dietetic Technicians open for questions…


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