Volume 2, Issue 3 - November 2009

Holiday Schedule Alert!
Score Report Mailing and Office Closure

Security Notice for all Fall 2009 Testing Users
If you receive paper score reports, Testing Services will stop USPS mailing at the close of business on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 and resume on Monday, January 4, 2010.

If you are an e-delivered customer, you will receive score reports through 4:00 pm CST on Friday, December 18, 2009.

Customer Service Holiday Hours
The office will close at 4:00 pm CST on Wednesday, December 23, 2009 and re-open at 8:00 am CST on Monday, January 4, 2010.

Please email NLN Customer Service or call 800-732-8656 to make special mailing arrangements or to schedule technical support during the period the office is closed.

We wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday.

The 2009 Education Summit
A BIG Success!
NLN Testing Services would like to thank the more than 900 nurse educators who visited with the Testing Services team at the NLN booth during the 2009 Summit in Philadelphia. It was especially exciting to discuss our in-the-works initiative — Computer Adaptive Testing (used with the NLN's RN Comprehensive Nursing Achievement Examination). This spring, once the items are calibrated in our Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) item bank, current NLN Testing Solutions customers will beta-test them for validation purposes. If the beta-testing goes well, we anticipate the launch of this new test in fall 2010.

The NLN is at the forefront in applying this CAT theory to prelicensure achievement exams, the leader among our testing competitors. At the Summit, we were privileged to have Everett Smith, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, conduct a breakout session highlighting the CAT development process and the significant measurement impact that it will provide to our test users.

The Summit gave our testing staff the opportunity to reconnect with members and reconfirm our commitment to providing psychometrically sound tests and excellent customer service to all our users. Because the Testing Services team works in a consultative manner with our members and nurse faculty to understand the unique needs of each program, the NLN is able to offer products and services that complement any school's curriculum, evaluation methodologies, and program outcomes.

A Night at the Museum
In appreciation of the NLN's current and prospective testing users, a special reception was held to celebrate the great strides and unprecedented sales growth that NLN Testing Services achieved in the first three quarters of 2009!

The event was attended by more than 300 guests who were treated to a night of fantastic food, entertainment, and drinks, not to mention an opportunity to "enjoy" the Mutter's Museum's displays of "medical abnormalities." A generous number of raffle gifts were distributed throughout the night as participants danced to the music of a nationally recognized Mummers musical group that had people on their feet for hours.

The party also gave us the chance to especially thank our current customers for sharing "mini case studies" describing how NLN testing tools have made a positive impact on their students' success in baccalaureate, associate, and practical nursing programs. The NLN has much to be proud of; we are on the cutting edge of product development for the testing industry.

   Dancing the Night Away

The NLN Foundation for Nursing Education also offered a chance to dance at the 2009 Summit. The American Bandstand Dance Party raised more than $6,000 to support the work of the foundation and benefit the programs and services offered by the NLN. To learn more, please visit www.nlnfoundation.org.

Education Corner
At the NLN, we strive to provide meaningful professional development opportunities to our members. In the area of evaluation and measurement, NLN Testing Services is offering an Item Writing Workshop to help faculty refine their item writing skills.

Our three-hour workshop offers attendees 3.0 CEUs. The concepts that will be taught are important for the construction of high quality classroom examinations that evaluate student learning and applications. A workshop can be offered as a stand-alone education program for faculty, held regionally in conjunction with other schools, or even offered at a statewide annual meeting.

Content includes:
Reviewing basic test item writing guidelines commonly used in nursing education

Identifying the cognitive level, using Bloom's Taxonomy, of a sample of items written for a nursing course examination

Reviewing and revising a sample of test items pertinent to a nursing course final examination

To learn more about this opportunity or to schedule a program, please contact: Larry E. Simmons, PhD, RN, CNE, solutions manager, curriculum, evaluation, and retention, at lasimmons@nln.org or 816-308-2953.

If you have any questions about NLN testing, please contact 800-732-8656 or customerhelp@nln.org.

It is our pleasure to serve you.
NLN Testing Solutions Team

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