Adolpha Bassett (NC), co-chair
Carl Hokanson (MN), co-chair
Bora Sunseri (LA), co-chair
Shannon Bender-Bell (BC)
Sharon Cutts (CT)
Jessica Davis (IL)
Tammy Dyson (BC)
Amanda Eagle (FL)
Joseph Harper (IL)
Susie Hendrickson (KS)
Lauren Henriquez-Bentiné (NY)
Jill Meadows (NC)
Michelle Piper (AL)
Benjamin Rosenberg (NY)
Trish Smith (AB)
Karen Slovak (OH)
Charu Stokes-Williams (HI)
Leana Torres (AZ)
Who is involved
Twenty-seven to thirty-four Examination Committee members, three Exam Development staff, two to three ASWB staff as screen operators, one to two Executive Management staff and/or Board of Directors member. Attendance is determined by the Director of Examination Development.
Description in bylaws
The President shall appoint all members of the Examination Committee after receiving input and approval from the Board of Directors. The composition of the Examination Committee shall reflect the levels and nature of social work practice as identified in the Association’s current job analysis. Tenure of members shall be determined by the President. The Examination Committee shall be responsible for reviewing and approving questions for the Association’s examination programs, and other related tasks as assigned by the Board of Directors.
The Examination Committee reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the process of maintaining the Association of Social Work Boards examinations and examination items in ways that protect the validity and legal defensibility of the examinations.
The Examination Committee is charged with:
- Reviewing, editing, and approving items by committee process.
- Ensuring that all items are linked to appropriate Knowledge, Skill, and Ability statements (KSAs), and assigned to the appropriate ASWB examination.
- Evaluating pretested items, including performance statistics, to decide whether such items should be deleted, included in the scored item banks, or edited further and pretested again.
- Reviewing, through volunteers or designees, new forms of all ASWB examinations before use to evaluate item content and overall quality.
- Participating in passing score studies or other psychometric support services as needed.
- Contributing to policy decisions regarding item composition, content, and phrasing.
Periodic updates of the committee’s activities will be provided to the ASWB Board of Directors through a Board liaison assigned to the committee. The committee will meet all deadlines in the current bylaws and will deliver a report on its activities to ASWB delegates at the Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly.
Examination Committee members must first serve as ASWB item writers. The following skills and/or characteristics are helpful in completing the work of the Examination Committee:
- Ability to engage in long-term commitment to ASWB
- Flexible work schedule to allow for up to four meetings per year
- Ability to accept constructive criticism
- Appreciation for diverse perspectives
- Ability to work comfortably in a consensus model of decision-making
- Ability to access and evaluate social work content and references
- Ability to fully participate in group discussions
- Must be a social worker, currently practicing, with license in good standing.
The ASWB Examination Committee meets in person up to four times per year. Committee members are required to attend the entire meeting which customarily runs all day on Friday and Saturday and until midday on Sunday. Committee members will be expected to travel to the meeting on Thursday and return home after adjournment on Sunday. Attendees who are new to the committee may have to arrive on Wednesday for the first meeting to attend training on Thursday afternoon. In-person meeting attendance is fully funded by ASWB.