NCLEX® Program Reports

Professional Development Seminars

102 - Understanding the Overall Performance of Your Candidates

This seminar is offered as part of the web-based, self-paced Introductory Series intended to familiarize nurse educators and administrators with the NCLEX® Program Reports on their own schedule and pace.

Registration fee: $50.00

Please note: registration is not yet open for the asynchronous seminars; an email announcement will be sent once registration has opened.

Delivered by Brian Bontempo, PhD, Founder and Principal Consultant with Mountain Measurement, Inc.

Prerequisites and Target Audience

Attendees must have completed the 101 Web-Based Seminar "A Brief Introduction to the NCLEX Program Reports".

This web-based seminar is recommended for nursing educators and administrators who participate in program evaluation activities or have an interest in analyzing their NCLEX® Program Reports.


The purpose of this seminar is to scrutinize the Overall Performance section of the NCLEX® Program Reports and enhance participants' understanding of the relationship between ability scores, passing standards, and passing rates.

This seminar is the second of a three-part seminar series intended to be the online counterpart to the face-to-face 101 Seminar "An Introduction to the NCLEX Program Reports".

Learning Outcomes

The objectives of the course are as follows. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the basics of the Rasch model and Computerized Adaptvie Testing and their importance to the NCLEX® Program Reports.
  • Describe the information provided in the Overall Performance section of the Reports.
  • Explain the difference between passing rates and mean scores.
  • Interpret a program's performance in context to the NCLEX® Examination Passing Standard.



The topics covered during the NCLEX® Program Reports 100.2 Seminar are:

  1. NCLEX® Examination Scores Overview
  2. NCLEX® Exam Specifications
  3. Rasch Model
  4. NCLEX® Program Reports - Overall Performance
  5. Comparison Groups
  6. Passing Ranks
  7. Licensure Applications
  8. Passing Rate
  9. Passing the NCLEX® as a function of ability and the passing standard
  10. National ability estimates
  11. Changes in the passing standard set by NCSBN
  12. Passing Rate can be Misleading


The NCLEX® Program Reports 100.2 Seminar is delivered as a 50-minute lecture, with some large group activities and a 10-minute Question and Answer session. Participants are expected to independently complete a 10-minute end-of-course assessment immediately after the seminar concludes.


All participants are encouraged to have a copy of their NCLEX® Program Reports ready to follow along with the Presenters.

Continuing Education

0.8 contact hours are awarded through the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider Number ABNP1516 Expires 2/4/2025) to all individuals completing the webinar and the end-of-course assessment.

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