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Upcoming events

    • 06 Dec 2023
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
    • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) 3030 Potomac Avenue Suite 100 Alexandria, VA 22305

    CNG D.C. In-Person Session

    Panel Discussion - Aspects of a Healthy Item Bank

    December 6, 2023
    9:30 AM – 12:00 PM ET

    American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
    3030 Potomac Avenue
    Suite 100
    Alexandria, VA 22305


    APTA is directly across from the Potomac Yard Metro which can be reached via the Blue line. Both entrances are located across from the building. Secure bike parking is available at the North Pavilion. The APTA building has underground Colonial paid self-parking in the rear of the building on Douge Street.


    A healthy item bank has extensive impact on an assessment program. Healthy item banks ensure better security of content, longer shelf-life for each item, and higher integrity for your assessment scores. Unfortunately, ongoing evaluation and maintenance of healthy item banks is sometimes more difficult for organizations than developing new content (simply based on available time and resources). This session will review the tools and processes that can help clients maintain healthy item banks for their programs.

    Please join Test Development experts for a panel-based discussion on four key aspects of maintaining a Healthy Item Bank. 

    We will dive into: 

    • Using statistics to monitor bank health
    • DEI & B Reviews
    • Impact consideration of security and international delivery on your item bank
    • How to enhance your item bank using innovation (AI, pretesting, etc)

    We plan on 20 minutes per topic. Each 20-minute session will start with a brief overview explanation by our experts followed by Q&A. So, bring your questions and we look forward to a robust discussion!


    Alyssa Rulf Fountain, Ph.D., is the Director of Assessment Design and Psychometrics in Prometric’s Assessment Services department, helping to guide clients through the test development process and collaboratively identify effective solutions that address examination program needs. Dr. Rulf Fountain is a biological psychologist with two decades of experience in education/workforce development policy research and large-scale test development. She has worked with federal, state, and non-profit clients to design and implement program evaluations and technically sound certification and licensure tests.

    Dr. Rulf Fountain holds a Doctorate in Biological Psychology; a Master’s degree in Biological Psychology; and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English, all from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    Andy McAnulla is Co-Chief Executive Officer at Surpass. Andy has been heavily involved in the design and implementation of assessment technology for over 20 years. In 2017, Andy relocated with his family from the UK to establish the US office in Pennsylvania and service the North American assessment market. Over the past six years, Andy has been focused on the business growth of the US office in North America, which in 2020 was recognized with multiple American and international business awards including ‘Fastest Growing Tech Company of the year’ and ‘Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year’.

    Andy currently serves on the ATP Board of Directors and represents members of European testing industry. Andy has also delivered various presentations at ATP, ICE and the Certification Network Group and is passionate about sharing experiences and good practices that may help organizations to provide students with the best possible assessment experiences and outcomes.

    Charles Glover, MS, is the Manager of Exam Development & Accreditation at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is an exam development professional with nearly 10 years of experience in the testing industry developing moderate to high-stakes certification and licensure exams across a diverse suite of industries. At SHRM, Charles leads the team that oversees all aspects of the exam development design, development, and maintenance for the SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP exams, as well as international and translated versions of the base exams. He also leads all efforts regarding SHRM’s annual accreditation reporting and analysis submission processes through the Buros Center for Testing. Prior to joining SHRM, Charles was part of the Test Development team at Prometric. He has presented at SIOP, the SHRM Annual Conference, and the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E) conference, sharing his passion for assessment strategy and innovation. Charles obtained his M.S. degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore in 2014. 

    Sarah Pauly Hughes, Director, Test Development, Licensure and Certification, is an experienced measurement and assessment professional with a proven track record of staying ahead of industry trends to advance programs. With a focus on collaboration and innovation, Ms. Hughes has successfully led multinational organizations in organizing and facilitating successful and engaging test development activities, both in person and remotely. She brings a wealth of experience designing custom test development activities, including developing unique facilitation tools and leveraging innovative technologies such as crowd-sourced item development and AI for Job Task Analyses.

    Prior to joining DRC, Ms. Hughes served as an Assessment Manager and Facilitator at Alpine Testing, managing a team of test developers and psychometricians while maintaining strong business relationships with a range of diverse organizations. Her prior experience also extends to the education sector, where she contributed as a high school teacher, focusing on incorporating technology into education and implementing successful programs to increase student attendance.

    Ms. Hughes has actively contributed to professional conferences, presenting on topics such as crowd-sourced item generation and virtual environment strategies for item writing. Her dedication to being at the forefront of industry advancements makes her a valuable asset in the field of assessments.

    Ms. Hughes holds an M.A. in Education Leadership from Northern Arizona University and a B.S. in Secondary Education History from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota. She holds National Board Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Social Studies History. 

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16 Aug 2023 IN-PERSON EVENT: CNG Chicago Roundtable Event
21 Jun 2023 IN-PERSON EVENT: Generative AI
17 May 2023 IN-PERSON EVENT: How do credentialing organizations enhance their value to the professions they serve?
29 Mar 2023 Using a Competency Model to Ensure Minimal Competency when Recertifying Certification Holders
15 Feb 2023 The Ohio Remote Proctoring Room Scan Decision: Constitutional Issues and How Testing Bodies Can Avoid Legal Entanglements
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07 Dec 2022 Constant Vigilance (Virtual Session)
28 Sep 2022 Career Paths to Credentialing (IN-PERSON OR ONLINE)
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14 Apr 2022 Blending the Principles of Credentialing with Real-World Applications: How Does It Work?
30 Mar 2022 The Importance of Governance Boards and Selecting Public Members
09 Feb 2022 Should your association develop a microcredential? Questions to answer and a case study
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21 Jan 2021 Getting the Most Mileage Out of Your Social Media Content
15 Dec 2020 Building Championship Caliber Board Teams
07 Oct 2020 How Credentials Can Close the COVID Divide
31 Jul 2020 Managing a Crisis—Lessons Learned from COVID-19
17 Jun 2020 Managing During Disruption: How Certification Organizations are Retaining and Growing Business
26 Feb 2020 Planning and Facilitating Your Credential Program Meetings
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15 May 2019 Luncheon Announcement: Special Invitation for the CNG Member
15 May 2019 The Life-Cycle of Exam Items from Conception to Retirement
27 Mar 2019 CNG March D.C. Event
27 Feb 2019 Certification Network Group (CNG) Chicago Quarterly Meeting
05 Dec 2018 CNG Roundtable Event
14 Nov 2018 CNG Open Space
12 Sep 2018 How the Shortage in Qualified Workers is Impacting Credentialing
08 Aug 2018 Mini-Learning Sessions on Credentialing Program Security
20 Jun 2018 CNG D.C. Event: A Robust Update on Legal Topics Concerning Certification Programs
16 May 2018 Opportunity in Adversity: How Challenges in Healthcare Certification Fuel Innovation
21 Mar 2018 How the Shortage in Qualified Workers is Impacting Credentialing
28 Feb 2018 Contextual Assessment: Games as evidence of competency

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