Don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in NOCTI’s 2017 Pilot! NOCTI is offering 37 assessment titles as part of its annual piloting activities.
The piloting phase not only helps NOCTI ensure the validity of the assessment, but also creates a unique opportunity for schools to administer the new test in a “no pressure” environment. Piloting also allows schools to review and improve internal test administration processes and procedures, and encourages a review of curriculum to ensure effectiveness. Pilot tests are offered at no cost to NOCTI customers.
Again This Year! Enter for a chance to WIN one of three cash prizes for your school! Drawing of the winners will take place in May 2017 once scoring is complete. Each school meeting the requirements below will be entered into the drawing for a chance to win one of the three prizes.
- Entry for the $500 cash prize award requires administration of at least 50 multiple-choice and 50 performance assessments
- Entry for the $250 cash prize award requires administration of at least 25 multiple-choice and 25 performance assessments
- Entry for the $150 cash prize award requires administration of at least 50 multiple-choice assessments
Winners will be contacted via telephone and announced on the NOCTI website.
The Pilot Testing Site Application, assessment blueprints, and administration information for the titles below are available by clicking here.
Ordering instructions will be provided upon Site Application approval.
Questions? Contact Ronda Gilmore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-334-6283 x219.
TITLES AVAILABLE FOR PILOT
- Accounting (Basic and Advanced)
- Administrative Assisting
- Agriculture Mechanics
- Architectural Drafting
- Automotive Technician Advanced
- Business Information Processing
- Commercial Foods
- Computer Networking Fundamentals (performance only)
- Computer Programming
- Culinary Arts (Level 1 Prep Cook and Level 2 Cook)
- Dental Assisting
- Early Childhood Education and Care (Basic and Advanced)
- Electrical Construction Technology
- Electronics Technology
- Fashion Technology and Merchandising
- Finance Pathway (written only)
- Forest Products and Processing
- Graphic Production Technology
- Health Pathway (written only)
- Industrial Electricity
- Industrial Maintenance Mechanics
- Information Technology Pathway (written only)
- Manufacturing Technology
- Medical Assisting (performance only)
- Medical Coding/Health Information
- Pre-Engineering/Engineering Technology
- Production Agriculture
- Protective Services
- Retail Merchandising
- Technical Drafting
- Television Production
- Web Design
This issue's SME Spotlight features Janet Cadeau:
Janet has been teaching in Michigan for 28 years. For the past 17 years she has been employed with Farmington Public Schools as a Health Science teacher and has had the opportunity to teach at all three district high schools.
Janet started her career in the Waterford School District as an Instructional Technician before obtaining her teaching certificate. Throughout her career, she has taught the Health Science content through a variety of classes including Medical Skills, Field Study, Medical Terminology, Emergency Medical Response, Medical Law & Ethics, and more at the secondary, post-secondary, and adult and community education levels. Janet is a Certified Medical Assistant (CMA-AAMA) and American Red Cross Instructor and has been for almost 30 years. Her most recent accomplishment was the completion of an intense 2-year cohort program in Educational Leadership resulting in a Master's degree with Administrator Certification.
Janet's first love is teaching Medical Terminology, but Medical Skills Field Study is the most rewarding experience. Here, students demonstrate the most growth and evidence of career readiness through a hands-on opportunity in the real world. The Medical Skills Field Study provides future health professionals preparation for their post-secondary education and potential careers in real settings.
Janet first became involved with NOCTI when she worked on the 2011 Medical Assisting test revision. Most recently, she was on the 2016 Health Pathways revision team. For Janet, the most challenging part of the revision process was the time commitment. The projects are held via web meetings over five nights, after most participants have already spent the day in the classroom or other work setting. In that period of time, the team accomplishes a great deal of work.
A self-proclaimed technology novice, Janet found that the web meeting format was painless and effective at bringing people from all over the United States together to accomplish a common goal. Subject Matter Experts for the Health Pathways test revision were from Indiana, California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York. The NOCTI facilitator gently guided the team and kept them focused and on task.
Janet is impressed with the quality of the testing products and NOCTI's willingness to really consider the SME suggestions throughout the process. "This demonstrates the value placed on the educators' practical experience resulting in meaningful testing measures for students," she stated.
Subject Matter Experts are awarded a modest honorarium for their service on a revision team, but Janet says that the reason to get involved is multifaceted. Participating in a NOCTI test revision or development project is an opportunity to serve in a professional capacity for a relatively short-term commitment which can really impact professional development which, in turn, impacts future healthcare professionals. Success on NOCTI tests for students in all technical programs demonstrates learning and competency as they begin their post-secondary or career pathway.
Contributing to the process also brings value to the expertise of teaching and industry professionals. Several of NOCTI's SMEs report that the process helped them to become a more analytical test question writer which will benefit the students they serve.
How does Janet like to spend her non-work time?
"During the summer months I enjoy spending time with my family and serving as an assistant Camp Health Officer with youth and a week with adults with special needs. I’ve been married for 31 years and have three children. Together we enjoy camping, attending music festivals, and a newly discovered sport of kayaking. A hobby I especially enjoy is ringing hand bells in my church choir."
NOCTI is accepting applications for individuals to serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on its assessment teams.
All revisions/developments in the 2017 Series will be conducted in an online web-based format. The schedule for the team meetings typically takes place over a 2-week time frame with meetings on three days for the first week, and meetings on two days for the second week. Meetings are scheduled in the evening hours (6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST) to minimize daytime scheduling conflicts. A professional honorarium is offered.
SMEs must have a minimum of three years of recent experience in the subject area. Individuals from business and industry, as well as secondary and post-secondary educators are encouraged to apply.
If you, or someone you know, has experience in any of the areas listed, we hope you'll consider this rewarding professional development opportunity! Our teams fill up quickly, so don’t delay! To obtain an application, or if you have questions, please contact Julie Vanhala at 1-800-334-6283 x243 or email@example.com.
Dates (subject to change)
Feb 28 and March 1, 2, 7, 8
March 28, 29, 30 and April 4, 5
March 21, 22, 23, 28 and 29
March 14, 15, 16, 22, and 23
Feb 6, 7, 8, 13 and 16
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Feb 7, 8, 9, 15 and 16