Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) are a crucial part of NOCTI's development and revision process. SMEs are business and industry representatives, as well as instructors (secondary and post-secondary) who have at least three years of technical experience in the field. Consider applying to join NOCTI's SME Community!
Led by a trained NOCTI facilitator, SME teams use their expertise to assure a valid, current, and reliable assessment is developed or revised that measures competency at the industry-standard level. SMEs earn an honorarium from NOCTI and project work is typically conducted in an online web-based format to accommodate team members' work schedules.
The 2019 development and revision workshops are being held in February and March for the titles listed below. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, apply now! Unable to participate the dates of the revision? Are the test titles being reviewed not in your area of expertise? Apply anyway! NOCTI has opportunities for SMEs to join other projects throughout the year.
|Advertising & Design
||(Feb 4, 2019 through Feb 13, 2019)
||(Jan 22, 2019 through Jan 31, 2019)
|Computer Repair Technology
||(Jan 15, 2019 through Jan 24, 2019)
||(Feb 19, 2019 through Feb 28, 2019)
||(Mar 19, 2019 through Mar 28, 2019)
|Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
||(Feb 11, 2019 through Feb 21, 2019)
|Hospitality Management-Food & Beverage; Lodging
||(Mar 4, 2019 through Mar 14, 2019)
|Visual Communications & Interactive Media Design
||(Mar 25, 2019 through Apr 3, 2019)
NOCTI's pilot test window is open and we are seeking programs to assist with this critical step in the development and revision process. Pilot participants are needed in order for NOCTI to release new titles and revised tests for use across the country.
Pilot testing is necessary to ensure the validity and relevance of our assessments by testing them in real-world conditions with participants who are representative of the students who will be taking the test once it is finalized. Pilot test data is thoroughly analyzed. We look for such things as items that seem very difficult, items that may have a particular wrong option that many testers are choosing, average scores, possible scoring rubric issues, and a variety of statistics such as reliability. We also closely examine the comments we receive from schools that pilot for us, including those from evaluators who help administer and score the skill-based component. Any issues are reported to our team of Subject Matter Experts for further review and feedback. Approved edits are incorporated in a final version of the assessment before it is released for use as an active test.
Schools that help us pilot our assessments are a vital and much appreciated part of our test development process. This process is not just beneficial for NOCTI! Schools who pilot test have an opportunity to administer the test in a "no pressure" environment, and can use the experience as a way to evaluate and improve their internal test administration processes and procedures. Pilot test results can be used to review curriculum for effectiveness, including ensuring that it aligns with the current standards. Not to mention, pilot testing is FREE, and participants have the opportunity to win an additional cash prize!
We encourage your program to take advantage of the opportunity and to view the pilot test list, blueprints for each assessment, and pilot site requirements and order instructions.
Since 2015, Ronald Moore has been an automotive body repair instructor at Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) in Charlottesville, Virginia where he teaches students from twelve sending schools. There he incorporates I-CAR and Partners in Education (PIE) curriculum. Prior to this role, he taught adult education classes and high school students from five sending schools at Marshall Academy in Virginia.
In addition to these sites, his alma mater, Nashville Auto Diesel College and Mercer County Career Center has shaped him as a teacher today.
"The most rewarding aspect of my job is knowing that I am helping build interests and career paths for young men and women, which will help provide a career to help support their loved ones as well as their own futures."
He says that his parents influenced his decision to become an auto body technician and instructor.
"My late mother was a special education teacher for 25 years, and she taught me the importance of treating all people with respect and how to bring out each student's full potential. My love of cars and teaching is all thanks to my father who taught for more than 40 years in vocational programs."
In January and February of 2018, Ronald served as a member of a NOCTI revision team for two Job Ready titles – Collision Repair and Collision Repair and Refinishing.
"Whether you're a first-year instructor or a long-time veteran instructor, your knowledge of industry needs and trends is critical to updating and creating the assessments that will be used to prepare our students for future success."
Ronald has administered many knowledge-based certification tests to vocational students, and when asked what he most enjoys about NOCTI, he said that he appreciates the skill-based assessment of student knowledge and abilities.
"As auto body instructors, we are few and far between… This experience was a breath of fresh air, to be able to collaborate with fellow professionals. Yes, I would not hesitate to be part of the SME team again–it was fun."