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Graduates of acupuncture when taking the CA board exam deserve the right to be given a fair licensing exam that is graded accurately. Furthermore, exam takers deserve the right to transparency in the determination of the cut scores, methods on item creation and selection. We petition for CAB reform as well as California Acupuncture Licensing Exam test reform.

Letter to
Chair, Senate Standing Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development Senator Curren D. Price, Jr.
Denise Brown, Director California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA)
Dr. Bob Holmgren Office of Professional Exam Services
and 1 other
Terri Thorfinnson, J.D., Executive Officer California Acupuncture Board
We are a collective of graduate students and community members throughout California who are filing a complaint against the California Acupuncture Board (CAB), Department of Consumer Affairs, and The Office of Professional Examination Services, specifically regarding the August 7, 2012 board exam held in Sacramento. Graduates of acupuncture when taking this board exam deserve the right to be given a fair licensing exam that is graded accurately. Furthermore, exam takers deserve the right to transparency in the determination of the cut scores, methods on item creation and selection. We petition for CAB reform as well as California Licensing Exam test reform.

We, the undersigned, would like to see the following:

1. A thorough review and re-evaluation of the latest administration of the California Acupuncture Licensing Exam (CALE) from August 2012.
The pass rate for Aug.2012 exam for has been lower for 8 schools than their historical pass rates in the past 3 years. The difficulty in this exam coupled with the high cut score leads us to believe that there is a problem with the scoring and the cut score was inappropriately altered. We are asking for the CAB to quickly publish results of this test as well as three past tests which have not yet been posted on their website.

2. A re-grading of our exams from August 7,2012. We believe that these inconsistencies and “typos” in our score breakdown as well as other issues were neither explained nor addressed properly to the test takers by the California Acupuncture board.

3. A California Acupuncture Board Licensing Exam that is created, and administered utilizing professional methods, standards and industry input specifically from educators and acupuncturists to avoid less disconnect from exam content and what is being actually taught in the schools. One whose process of how the exam is written, administered, and graded is TRANSPARENT.

4. We want more professional educators and acupuncturists on the California Acupuncture Board in decision-making roles.

5. We want answers from The Office of Examination Services as it pertains to the following:
i. What qualifications (e.g., # of years of practice, specialty areas?) are required of the test question writers? Reviewers? Subject matter experts?

ii. How many years do subject matter experts serve? How often do the subject matter experts change? How many subject matter experts participate in question writing? Question reviewing?

iii. What type of training do the subject matter experts receive prior to actually writing and/or reviewing test questions?

iv. What are the exact texts from which CALE questions are based? How soon can a list of required texts be published and disseminated? Students demand better communication as it pertains to content. We want a book list.

v. What rubrics, criteria, and processes are used to determine if CALE questions are “fair?”

vi. What processes are used to determine cut scores?

6. We want an appeal process regarding Board actions including exam results.

7. We want a test taking environment and experience that is consistent with other board exams, such as the use of a professional test taking services like Pearson Vue who administer the National Acupuncture license exam already in a seamless, conflict free fashion.