Research Interests

Below you will find information about the type of research that is of interest to the Joint Research Committee:

Innovative/Extended Item Types

  • Statistical criteria for pretest items in extended item types
  • Alternate item scoring methods for extended item types
  • Modified item selection algorithm and operational pool composition to include extended item types
  • Design and implementation of animated assessments
  • Alternate measurement models 

Test Security

  • Identifying and detecting aberrant test-taking behaviors
  • Identifying potentially compromised NCLEX items
  • Data forensics

NCLEX Enhancement

  • Variable starting item difficulty for first-time test takers and repeaters
  • Item fit and drift critical values and impact on quarterly item pools  
  • Alternate intervals for practice analyses

Critical Decision Making

  • Alternate cognitive taxonomy
  • Measures of clinical judgment
  • Decision making within clinical settings