Reliability and validity of FE exam scores for assessment of individual competence, program accreditation, and college performance

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Abstract

This study explores whether fundamentals of engineering (FE) exam scores are reliable and valid measures of individual competence, program accreditation, and college performance, each of these being processes commonly assessed using FE scores. Findings indicate that a trend exists toward erosion of reliability and validity as one moves further from the individual assessment level. That is, FE exam scores are probably reliable and valid indicators of minimal technical competency at the individual level. However, program-level assessments require a careful, fine-grained comparison of the subject-content statistics reported by NCEES relative to stated program objectives, and in certain cases, FE exam data will not serve as reliable and valid assessment indicators for some engineering programs. Further, assessment of entire engineering schools based on college-wide FE exam pass rates is inappropriate and cannot be rationally supported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)320-326
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice
Volume133
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007

Keywords

  • Accreditation
  • Assessment
  • Engineering education

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