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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…
  • Why a certification examination?
  • What should be

on the test?

questions you may be asking1
Questions you may be asking…
  • Why a certification

examination?

  • What should be on

the test, anyway?

first step
First Step…………….

Practice Analysis,

Practice Audit,

Job Analysis

what is a dietetics practice audit dpa
What is a Dietetics 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 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 AuditSample Size and Response Rate

Sample Response

RD 4,285 74%

DTR 855 69%

the audit questionnaire rd
The Audit Questionnaire - RD

166 Activity Statements

Ways Involved

Frequency

Risk

7 Demographic Questions

the audit questionnaire dtr
The Audit Questionnaire - DTR

142 Activity Statements

Ways Involved

Frequency

Risk

7 Demographic Questions

computer weightings
Computer Weightings
  • ACT psychomatricians combined the two scales of data: Frequency & Risk
  • Result is:

Ordinal Data

scale values
Scale Values

RiskFrequency

High = 5 Daily = 4

Moderate = 3, 4 Weekly = 3

Low = 1, 2 Monthly = 2

Less = 1

Risk is more

important than Frequency

procedure
Procedure
  • 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

Meeting February 2011

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

registration examination for dietetic technicians test specifications effective january 1 2012
Registration Examination For Dietetic Technicians Test Specifications effective January 1, 2012
reclassification
Reclassification
  • 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

Study Guides

(September 2011)

www.cdrnet.org

Journal Article to be Published

June 2011

future cdr sponsored webinars
Future CDR Sponsored 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
  • 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
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