NCSBN Upholds NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examination Passing Standards
CHICAGO - The NCSBN Board of Directors (BOD) voted on Dec. 6, 2022, to uphold the current passing standards for the NCLEX-RN and NCLEX-PN Examinations when the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) is launched April 1, 2023. NGN is an enhancement of the current examinations which will place more emphasis on the measurement of a candidate’s nursing clinical judgment.
NCSBN BOD President Jay Douglas, MSM, RN, CSAC, FRE, executive director, Virginia Board of Nursing, noted, “After careful consideration of all of the available information, the board determined that the current passing standard is appropriate as a measure of safe and effective entry-level nurse practice.”
The BOD used multiple sources of information to guide its evaluation and discussion of the passing standard. As part of this process, NCSBN convened expert panels of nurses representing the four NCSBN geographic areas and Canada. The panels took part in the workshops to perform a criterion-referenced standard-setting procedure and their findings supported retaining the current passing standard. Also considered were the results of national surveys of nursing professionals.
In accordance with a motion adopted by the 1989 NCSBN Delegate Assembly, the NCSBN BOD evaluates the passing standard for the NCLEX Examinations every three years to protect the public by ensuring minimal competence for entry-level nurses. NCSBN coordinates the passing standard analysis with the three-year cycle of test plan evaluation. This three-year cycle was developed to keep the test plan and passing standard current.
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