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Faculty Newsletter: Fourth Quarter 2021

In this issue:

    FSBPT Office Opens!

    We are excited to welcome back both staff and volunteers to our offices very soon! While we have all made our way using virtual means, we are eager to bring back in-person collaborations and connections. Please note, we will require proof of vaccination for all staff and volunteers who plan to work on-site in our office in Alexandria, Virginia. We plan to have in-person meetings in 2022, but we will require proof of vaccination before we issue travel authorizations. As always, we will continue to monitor all pandemic developments closely and follow safety guidance from health organizations.

    2022 Virtual NPTE Workshop for Educators

    FSBPT will be hosting a virtual Educators Workshop January 21-23, 2022. The workshop will include self-led learning with on-demand presentations, materials, and quizzes; live Q&As and group discussions during the event weekend to discuss the materials; and one-on-one sessions with our Item Writing Trainers and other staff during and after the event weekend. Watch the brief video below to learn more and register now.

    Practice Analysis Task Force

    FSBPT will soon formally review and revise the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) Content Outlines for both the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant examinations with the help of the Technical Advisory Panel and Practice Analysis Task Forces.

    The Practice Analysis Task Forces consist of a diverse group of PT professionals charged with reviewing the data from the practice analysis data collections from 2016-2022 in order to identify critical work activities and knowledge and skill requirements related to safe and effective entry-level practice. These groups will then use the data to revise the content to be included on the NPTE at each exam level, as well as the number of questions that should be allocated to each content area in accordance with their relative importance and the breadth of material to be assessed. The result will be new Content Outlines.

    In 2023, FSBPT will conduct a performance standard review to potentially revise the passing standard for the NPTE as defined by minimally safe and competent physical therapy practice. Ultimately, examinations will be reflective of the new Content Outlines and performance standards beginning in 2024. 

    We are looking for volunteers for the Practice Analysis Task Forces who will participate in meetings in 2022 and 2023. If you are interested, please contact us at volunteer@fsbpt.org. We also encourage you to learn more about the practice analysis process

    Share Your Webinar and Annual Meeting Ideas!

    We are accepting presentation ideas and proposals for 2022 webinars and in-person sessions at the 2022 Annual Meeting in Orange County, California.

    If you have a specific idea, please submit a proposal. However, we are also interested in learning about your general ideas on what issues we should examine. We encourage educators to please share topics and ideas with us. You can watch recent webinars and register for upcoming sessions on the FSBPT events platform.

    This Quarter's Question: First Time Pass Rates by School

    To ensure that schools and candidates have accurate information, FSBPT will begin posting the first-time pass rates for CAPTE-accredited institutions on our website early next year. Based on a review of school websites, some schools had difficulty meeting CAPTE’s requirement to post this information.

    The two-year pass rates will be updated in the first quarter of each year and will include the two most recent years with complete data. For example, early in 2022, we will publish the pass rates for the 2020 and 2021 graduating cohorts.

    FSBPT will report the following statistics:

    • The number of candidates testing across the two-year span
    • The weighted average pass rate across the span
    • The pass rate for each year within the span


    To protect candidate confidentiality, FSBPT will not publish the pass rates from very small cohorts across the reported time frame (< 10 candidates) or the counts of candidates within each cohort year.

    First-time pass rates are generally high among CAPTE-accredited programs. Additionally, many factors can affect pass rates, most notably, first-time pass rates may be driven by individual student factors such as preparation strategies, academic achievement at program entry, and individual circumstances (such as life events that delay the NPTE). Users are cautioned against over-interpreting differences among first-time pass rates as strong indicators of the quality of instruction at these institutions.

    What Students Need to Know: How Does FSBPT Ensure the NPTE is Fair?

    The NPTE helps jurisdictions determine if entry-level PTs and PTAs are competent to practice safely and effectively. To fairly assess candidates, we must also ensure that there are no barriers to anyone based on demographic background, age, place of birth, or other factors that are not within an individual’s control. To do that, FSBPT leverages multiple tools and strategies and ensures that all volunteers are properly trained to avoid bias in items. In a recent webinar, FSBPT staff detailed the different approaches FSBPT takes to ensure the NPTE remains a fair and equitable tool to promote public protection. Watch the webinar now.

    Get Involved: Learn, Grow, Write—Be an NPTE Item Writer!

    Item writing for the NPTE is a great way to gain expertise in crafting multiple-choice questions, share your knowledge of the profession, work with and learn from colleagues, and have fun! FSBPT is currently holding Basic Item Writing Workshops virtually due to COVID-19; however, we plan to transition to in-person workshops in 2022.

    If you or someone you know would like to participate in an Item Writing Workshop, apply online or send an inquiry to volunteer@fsbpt.org.

    Useful Pages

    Visit the FSBPT website for information on a range of topics.

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    If you have questions, challenges or ideas, we want to hear from you!
    FSBPT (703) 299-3100 | FCCPT (703) 684-8406
    (Call FSBPT unless otherwise noted after name)

    Contact Person



    William A. Hatherill

    Chief Executive Officer

    FSBPT Issues

    Susan Layton
    Rich Woolf

    Chief Operating Officer
    Chief Professional Officer

    General questions and feedback; research questions

    Lorin Mueller, PhD

    Managing Director of Assessment

    Psychometrics, test development and construction

    Christine Sousa

    Managing Director of Exam Services

    Exam administration issues, ADA

    Jamie Nolan, FCCPT

    Managing Director of the Foreign Credentialing Commission on Physical Therapy (FCCPT)

    Foreign educated graduates

    Rhonda Collins

    Administrative Assistant

    School reports: schoolreports@fsbpt.org

    Practice Exam and Assessment Tool (PEAT): peat@fsbpt.org

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