ABSNC Update Regarding Remote Proctoring
The ABSNC quickly addressed the critical need for certification organizations to continue to make certification testing available to its constituents during the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, approval of temporary remote proctoring was made available. Upon submission of application to conduct temporary remote proctoring, organizations experienced a prompt response from the ABSNC regarding application approval.
Following the implementation of temporary remote proctoring, the ABSNC conducted a review of the Standards relevant to a long-term remote proctoring solution for accredited organizations. Once reviewed and revised, they were posted for public comment:
Standards 4 – Non-discrimination
Standard 9 – Reliability
Standard 10 – Test Administration
Standard 11 – Test Security.
The draft standards have been modified to reflect organizations’ observations. The board has approved a final version of the standards and they have been posted to the website. The following have been determined:
- ABSNC will communicate with organizations previously approved for temporary Remote Proctoring to determine intent to continue with Remote Proctoring as a more permanent method of test delivery by January 1, 2021.
- Organizations continuing with Remote Proctoring will be required to submit additional documentation as indicated in the updated standards by April 1, 2021.
- ABSNC will assess a $50 fee for organizations submitting an addendum for their accreditation status.
- The Remote Proctoring Task Force will provide a checklist to organizations that were approved for remote proctoring to identify what additional information is needed to meet the permanent standards to avoid duplication of documentation previously submitted.
For organizations not currently approved for Remote Proctoring:
- Adoption of Remote Proctoring during the reaccreditation cycle will submit an ‘addendum’ to their accreditation application encompassing the Remote Proctoring Standards.
- Adoption of Remote Proctoring in conjunction with reaccreditation or initial application will include adherence to Remote Proctoring standards in the application.