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Certification: Item Bank

Purpose

In order to maintain the integrity of the Lamaze International Certification Item Bank and to ensure that parallel banks are maintained in English, Spanish, and Romanian, this policy establishes clear, uniform procedures to be followed when using the Item Bank.

Responsibilities

The Certification Council Governing Body has overall responsibility for ensuring the integrity of the Lamaze International Certification Item Bank. The Psychometric Consultant is responsible for managing the item bank.

Item Bank Description

The Lamaze International Certification Item Bank is currently housed in LXR exam system software. There are three item banks, one in English, Spanish and Romanian. These banks are parallel, meaning that they are comprised of identical items, and that these items are numbered identically in each bank.

Authorized Item Bank Users

Only the Psychometric Consultant and approved staff members can manipulate the item bank in any way. The Psychometric consultant may supervise certification staff in the updating of the item bank based on a specific project.  

New Items

Each new item is assigned a unique number upon entry into the item bank. The Angoff scores are set separately for each item. The Certification Council (or an ad hoc exam development subcommittee) is responsible for classifying each item with regard to content and Angoff for pass-fail standard setting.

Statistics

Item statistics will be updated with each subsequent exam administration. Statistics are unique to each [language] bank. At no time should the statistics of one bank be overwritten to the other bank.

Editing Items

If it is decided that a question requires extensive edits, this question will be retired from use and a new question written which reflects the needed edits.

Deleting Items

Items will not be deleted, rather they will be archived.

Copying the Item Bank

Prior to copying or transferring an Item Bank file, the file length (in bytes) must be noted. Upon completion of the copy or transfer, the file lengths must be compared and the copied version must be opened in order to determine its completeness and integrity.

Editing Items

If major edits are made to a question, a note should be made to the other bank that the question has been updated and should be reviewed again so that the translation may be updated accordingly.

Archived Items

If an item is archived from one item bank, it must be archived from the other banks simultaneously in order to maintain a parallel sequence of questions in the three item banks.

Questions

In order to maintain the integrity of the Lamaze International Certification Item Bank, any questions not answered in this policy or the documentation accompanying the software, should be directed to the Certification Council Chair and the Psychometric Consultant. 

Approved: July, 1996

Updated: April 2012, June 2017