New! Psychometrics Boot Camp

When Rates

Thursday, September 6, 2018

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
1200 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

ICE Member Rate: $375.00 │  Non-member Rate: $450.00

Interested in attending? Email ICE Staff at 

About the Workshop

Testing, measurement and psychometric principles can strike fear into the heart of many credentialing professionals. And yet, a solid understanding of these concepts is essential to communicate and ensure the value of a credential to the organization, the candidate and the public.

To help credentialing organizations and leaders learn these essential principles, we are pleased to provide this one-day boot camp workshop on the fundamentals of psychometrics. The boot camp will provide the opportunity to participate in a fun and interactive workshop with Yardstick Assessment Strategies (YAS) Psychometricians while networking with your peers.

At the end of the boot camp, participants will have a new level of understanding, and a new comfort level with test development and psychometric principles that they can apply immediately, in addition to a better understanding of how these apply in the context of the NCCA Standards.

Goal of the Workshop

To help participants acquire psychometric literacy through instruction and engaging, hands-on activities for each essential stage in the assessment life cycle.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the purpose of each stage of the Assessment Life Cycle
  • State in their own words the required components and the end product of each stage in the assessment life cycle.
  • Have a basic discussion about the design of each stage in the assessment life cycle with your organization’s psychometric consultant.
  • Have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of test assembly, both automated and manual processes.
  • Understand the standards and guidelines fundamental to high stakes exam administration
  • Interpret Classical Test Theory items and test analysis


This workshop will be most helpful for:

  • Certification directors, managers and specialists
  • Executives who are new to the field of credentialing
  • Marketing professionals who want to understand the underlying foundation of their program(s)
  • Those who are responsible for accreditation within their organization
  • Any credentialing professional who wants to better understand the assessment life cycle


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Isabelle Gonthier, PhD – President and Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Yardstick Assessment Strategies (YAS) as President & COO, Dr. Isabelle Gonthier worked with Assessment Strategies Inc. as a testing and psychometric consultant, at Human Resource Systems Group (HRSG) as Director of Professional Services, and more recently at Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) & CFP Board (Toronto/Ottawa/Washington DC), as Vice President of Certifications and Director of Examinations, respectively. Dr. Gonthier serves in a volunteer capacity as the Chair and Psychometric Commissioner of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), on the Certification Advisory Committee for the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care, on the Research Advisory Council of the National Dental Examining Board (NDEB), and various industry association and community-based organizations.

She is a firebrand for professional assessment and the highest standards in exam development, administration and innovation. She continues to serve her industry in many capacities through her involvement with various testing and credentialing associations and organizations, and is highly regarded as a stern defender of psychometric best practices, exam validity and defensibility, as well as a well accomplished executive. Dr. Gonthier earned her Doctorate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Ottawa.


Greg Sadesky, PhD – Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Greg Sadesky leads a team of eighteen staff who are responsible for the development, implementation, and delivery of defensible exams. Greg and his team help establish standards in the field of Psychometrics, leading the way on new technology and processes. Greg works directly with clients to ensure exams and exam deliveries are fair, sound, and interpretable. Greg is focused on helping YAS clients make better certification, evaluation and educational decisions.

Greg has worked in applied research for over 20 years, focusing on the health and education sectors. With a Doctorate in Measurement, Evaluation and Cognition, Greg has significant experience in research design, examination program quality control and the commercialization of technology. Greg is an active speaker and contributor to many conferences in the testing and training industry.

Schedule of Activities

8:30 – 9:00 am Breakfast & Introductory Remarks

9:00 – 9:15 am 

Assessment Life Cycle Overview

9:15 – 10:30 am

Intro to Competency Profiles and Blueprinting:Brief introduction to competency profiles and blueprints, and blueprinting exercise. 
10:30 – 10:45 am Morning Break
10:45 – 12:00 pm Item development: the basics and beyond! Coverage includes key principles in developing exam questions and guidelines for review.
12:00 – 12:45 pm


12:45 – 1:00 pm Exam Assembly
1:00 – 1:45 pm  Exam Administration

1:45 – 2:45 pm

Item and test analysis overview, best practices, analysis of online exam. Coverage will be increased according to the participants experience as provided.
2:45 – 3:00 pm  Afternoon Break

3:00 – 4:15 pm

Common standards setting techniques, such as the modified-Angoff method

4:15 – 4:45 pm 

Scoring and Reporting

4:45 – 5:00 pm

Closing Remarks & End-of-Day Wrap Up

Partnership, Questions and Cancellation Policy

In January 2018, ICE solicited proposals from ICE Sustaining Members to engage in a partnership to present this workshop. After receiving five responses, ICE selected YAS as its workshop partner. If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to reach out to Katie Scott at

For questions about the workshop content or hotel recommendations, contact

Cancellation Policy: ICE must receive all cancellation and refund requests in writing by Wednesday, August 29, 2018. Please email cancellation requests to Substitutions are accepted. All sales are final after Wednesday, August 29, 2018.