For example if a task or group of tasks was omitted the Task Force was asked to

For example if a task or group of tasks was omitted

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they had previously made for the task survey results. For example, if a task (or group of tasks) was omitted, the Task Force was asked to consider whether knowledge required to perform the task(s) should be included on the examination blueprint. The final activity of the meeting was to establish new content weights for each examination blueprint. Working in small groups based on each examination category, Task Force members were instructed to independently assign a percentage value reflecting the portion of the exam that should be allocated for each of the primary content areas on the blueprint. When making their judgments, they were reminded to consider: the knowledge statements that were retained in each content area the results of the task survey the demographic questionnaire results their own experience and knowledge of the profession the depth and breadth of knowledge within each of the content areas (e.g., number of statements, level of specificity) Next, Task Force members were instructed to assign percentage values to the subtopic areas within the primary content areas. For each of these steps, the percentage values were required to sum to 100. Judgments were submitted and entered into a spreadsheet that was projected for the group to see. Facilitators then led a discussion of the results, noting the range of points allocated to each content area and subtopic area and asking Task Force members to explain their rationales. In addition, the facilitators presented the empirical weights as a point of comparison. Throughout the discussion, the Task Force was encouraged to strive for consensus but individual members were allowed to disagree if they felt strongly about a particular topic or issue. Once the discussion was complete, Task Force members were instructed to make a
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2017 Analysis of the Practice of Social Work | ASWB 17 second round of judgments to adjust their initial percentage values up or down, or keep them the same. Judgments were submitted and final weights were calculated based on the average of the percentage values allocated for each content area. Following the Task Force meeting, the examination blueprints were shared with the Oversight Panel to give panel members an opportunity to evaluate the Task Force’s recommended content weights and, if necessary, make adjustments based on their own professional judgment and experience with exam development.
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2017 Analysis of the Practice of Social Work | ASWB 18 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS A large number of people were instrumental in conceptualizing and completing the work described in this report. The study was carried out in partnership with the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), the psychometric consulting firm retained by ASWB. HumRRO is a nonprofit personnel research and consulting firm dedicated to creating quality testing and training programs that improve human, occupational, and organizational effectiveness. HumRRO staff to the project: Kevin Bradley, Ph.D.; Joe Caramagno, MA; and Tom Kiger, Ph.D.
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