Mountain Measurement, Inc.
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Employment Opportunities
Data Visualization Software Engineer

Mountain Measurement, Inc. is seeking a talented engineer/designer to take TRANSOM’s data visualization & analytics components to the next level. TRANSOM™ is Mountain Measurement’s award winning business intelligence tool for the assessment industry.

NCLEX® Program Reports Manager

Mountain Measurement, Inc. is seeking a vibrant and talented business development and customer support manager to increase subscriptions to the NCLEX® Program Reports and the quality of services provided to nursing programs educators in the US and Canada.

Brian D. Bontempo, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant

Licensure & Certification Experience

Dr. Bontempo has over 20 years of experience in licensure and certification. He specializes in standards, best practices, policies and procedures, data visualization, reporting, job task analysis, and standard setting. He is currently a Commissioner for the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (USA) and served on the Main Committee responsible for the development of the new 2016 NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs (See "A Review of the Newly Adopted NCCA Standards" [Bontempo, 2015] for a complete review of the new NCCA Standards). Brian played a leadership role in the design and development of the following certification programs:

Psychometric Experience

Dr. Bontempo specializes in item response theory, computer-based testing, computerized-adaptive testing, item banking, large-scale testing, and certification. Before founding Mountain Measurement, Inc. Brian improved the practice of sound measurement serving as the Psychometrician for a variety of licensure and certification programs including:

Educational Research Experience

Brian served the field of education as the Project Manager for the Growth Research Database (GRD) sponsored by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and the Evaluation Coordinator for Teen Sexuality and Pregnancy Prevention Program (TSAPP) for the State of Ohio.

Educational Background

Brian received his doctorate from the Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistical Analysis program at the University of Chicago. While there, he studied the Rasch Model in-depth under the tutelage of Benjamin D. Wright, Ph.D., the theory and practice of Meta-Analysis from Larry D. Hedges, Ph.D., and the application of Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) from Anthony Bryk, Ph.D.

Brian received his Master's in Educational Statistics from the Research and Evaluation program at the Ohio State University. While there he studied log-linear models and latent class models from John J. Kennedy, Ph.D., Donald Haefele Ph.D., and William Loadman, Ph.D.

Publication and Presentations

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2016, March). Improving Reports for Testing Programs. Presented at the 2016 ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Orlando, FL.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2016, March). TRANSOM Your Window Into Test Results. Product demonstration at the 2016 ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Orlando, FL.

Bontempo, B., & Saiar, A. (2016, March). Demystifying Measurement Equivalence: A Comparison of Equating and Examination Form Assembly Methods. Presented at the 2016 ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Orlando, FL.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2016, April). Program Reports. Presented at the 2016 NCLEX Conference for Canadian Educators, Toronto, ON.

Bontempo, B., Koneman, P., and Munson, L. (2015, October). So, You Think You've Got a Certification Program? Understanding the Nuances of Various Credentialing Programs. Presented at the 2015 ICE Exchange Conference, Portland, OR.

Bontempo, B. (2015, September). TRANSOM - Your Window into Testing Results. Product demonstration at the 2015 E-ATP Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Bontempo, B., & Boyle, A. (2015, September). Leveraging Standards to Leap Ahead. Breakout session presented at the 2015 E-ATP Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Bontempo, B., Wise, S., Kingsbury, G., Houser, R. (2015, September). Identifying item enemies in a CAT pool using a chi-square goodness-of-fit test. Presented at the 2015 IACAT Conference, Cambridge, England.

Bontempo, B. (2015, September). CAT for Rapidly Changing Content Domains. Presented at the 2015 IACAT Conference, Cambridge, England.

Bontempo, B. (2015). A Review of the Newly Adopted NCCA Standards. CLEAR Exam Review, 25(1).

Bontempo, B. (2015, March 11). Exam Results & Score Reports: Do's and Don'ts [Webinar]. Retrieved from http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/p/cm/ld/fid=350

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2015, March). Innovating Report Design in Testing. Workshop presented at the 2015 Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Palm Springs, CA.

Bontempo, B. (2014). Designing Effective Data Visualizations for Testing. CLEAR Exam Review, 24(2), 9-14.

Bontempo, B. (2014, September). Increasing Mobility in Europe through Assessment-Based Certificates. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers, Budapest, Hungary.

Bontempo, B. (2014, September). The Basics of Data Visualization for Test Reporting. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers, Budapest, Hungary.

Bontempo, B. (2014, September). TRANSOM - Your Window into Testing Results. Product demonstration presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers, Budapest, Hungary.

Bontempo, B. (2014, July). The Use of Data Visualization in Testing Reports. A paper presented at the 9th Conference of the International Test Commission, San Sebastian, Spain.

Bontempo, B. (2014, July). A More Informative Group Percentile Rank. A paper presented at the 9th Conference of the International Test Commission, San Sebastian, Spain.

Bontempo, B. (2014). An Introduction to Data Visualization for Testing. CLEAR Exam Review, 24(1), 8-12.

Bontempo, B., & Nolin, M. (2014, May 20). Assessment-Based Certificate Programs: Why They May Be Preferable to Certification [Webinar]. Retrieved from http://www.credentialingexcellence.org/p/cm/ld/fid=303&source=5

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2014, March). Innovating Reports with Data Visualization. Workshop presented at the 2014 Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Bontempo, B., & Nolin, M. (2013, November). Assessment-based Certificate Program: Why It May Be Preferable to NCCA Accreditation. Presented at the 2013 ICE Exchange Conference, Amelia Island, FL.

Bontempo, B. (2013, May). Certification Quality and Accreditation. Presented at the 7th Annual National Medical Interpreter Certification Forum, Portland, OR.

Bontempo, B., Buckendahl, C., Muckle, T., & Neustel, S. (2013, February). Benchmarks: A (Theoretically) Comprehensive Overview of Industry Standards and Best Practice Guidelines. Presented at the 2013 Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2013, February). Free Data Visualization and Reporting Evaluations. A presentation at the Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Ft. Lauderdale.

Weber, A., Bontempo, B., Kruzel, R., Leuschke, D., Galati, T. (2012, November). NCCA Standards – What are Your Biggest Challenges? Presented at the ICE Annual Educational Conference, Palm Springs, CA.

Bontempo, B. (2012, September). Data Visualization within Mountain Measurement's TRANSOM system. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers, Berlin, Germany.

Bontempo, B. (2012, September). The Basics of Data Visualization. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers, Berlin, Germany.

Bontempo, B. (2012, February). Data Visualization. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Test Publishers, Palm Springs, CA.

Bontempo, B., & Kingsbury, G. (2011, November). A Comparison of CAT and LOFT for Certification Examinations. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, New Orleans, LA.

Bontempo, B. (2011, October). Moving beyond Efficiency to Allow CAT to Provide Better Diagnostic Information. Presented at the 2011 Annual Conference sponsored by the International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing, Monterey, CA.

Bontempo, B. (2011, May). Standard Setting. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Ontario Based Hospital Group, Windsor, ON.

Garcia, R., Rupp, S., & Bontempo, B. (2011, March). Local Versus Remote Proctoring for High Stakes Exams. Presented at the 2011 Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers, Phoenix, AZ.

Bontempo, B., Kingsbury, G., Wise, S., & Zara, A. (2011, February). The Future of Computer-based Testing is Now...Or At Least Real Soon. Presented at the 2011 Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers, Phoenix, AZ.

Bontempo, B. (2010, June). Objective Classroom Assessment Using the Rasch Model. Presented at the International Conference on Probabilistic Models for Measurement in Education, Psychology, Social Science and Health, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Becker, K., Bontempo, B., Dickison, P., & Masters, J. (2010, June). A Comparison of Item Exposure, Test Information, and Theta Recovery for LOFT, CAT, and Fixed Form Tests. Presented at the first Annual Meeting of The International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing, Arnhem, Netherlands.

Wise, S., Bontempo, B., & Kingsbury, G. (2010, June). Pushing the limits of an adaptive test: Interaction between the test population and the item pool. Presented at the first Annual Meeting of The International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing, Arnhem, Netherlands.

Bontempo, B., Kingsbury, G., Wise, S., & Zara, A. (2010, June). The Theoretical Issues That Are Important to Operational Adaptive Testing. Presented at the first Annual Annual Meeting of The International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing, Arnhem, Netherlands.

Bontempo, B., Kingsbury, G., & Zara, A. (2010, May). A Comparison of Progressive Item Selection Procedures for Computerized Adaptive Tests. Presented at the Annual Meeting of The National Council on Measurement In Education, Denver, CO.

Bontempo, B., Claydon, H., & Mulkey, J. (2010, February). Evaluating and Charting a Path for Innovation. Presented at the 2010 Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers, Orlando, FL.

Wilson, D., Bontempo, B., & Amoruso, M. (2010). NCBTMB Advanced Certification Needs Assessment Survey Results. Report for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, January 19, 2010.

Kingsbury, G., Bontempo, B., & Zara, A. (2009, November). A Comparison of Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) with Linear on the Fly Testing (LOFT) Methods for Certification Applications. Presented at the Annual Educational Conference of the National Organization for Competency Assurance, Phoenix, AZ.

Muckle, T., Masters, J., & Bontempo B. (2009, April). Comparing Difficulty Estimates Using Operational CAT and Pilot Data. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Bontempo, B. & Wilson, D. (2009, April). Generating Artificial School Attendance Boundaries. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Bontempo, B., Sammet, M., & Sutton, Q. (2009, February). Online Testing: The Green Scene. Presented at the Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Palm Springs, CA.

Semenza, J., Hall, D., Wilson, D., Bontempo, B. Sailor, D. & George, L. (2008). Public Perception of Climate Change: Voluntary Mitigation and Barriers to Behavior Change. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, November 2008 35(5), 479-487

Semenza, JC., Wilson, DJ., Parra, J., Bontempo, BD., Hart, M., Sailor, DJ., George, LA. (2008). Public Perception And Behavior Change in Relationship to Hot Weather and Air Pollution. Environ Research, July 2008 107(3), 401-11

Semenza, JC., March, TL., Bontempo, BD. (2007). Community-initiated urban development: an ecological intervention. Journal of Urban Health. January 2007 84(1), 8-20.

Hauser, C., Bontempo, B. & Kingsbury, G. (2007). A Process for Calculating Group Performance on Assessment Objectives Measured by an Adaptive Test. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, Chicago, IL.

Bontempo, B. & Gorham, J. (2006). A Comparison of Traditional and IRT based Item Quality Criteria. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, San Francisco, CA.

McCall, M. & Bontempo, B. (2006). Time as a Variable. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, San Francisco, CA.

Semenza, J., March, T., & Bontempo B. (2006). Community-Initiated Urban Development: An Ecological Intervention. Journal of Urban Health, 84 (1), 8-20.

Hart, M.,Bontempo B., George, L., Sailor, D., & Semenza, J. (2006). A multi-faceted approach to assessing human responses to extreme heat, poor air quality, and public advisories. Presented at the 6th International Conference on Urban Climate, Goteborg, Sweden.

Bontempo, B. (2005). The Future of Testing & Assessment. A keynote address given at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of EMS Educators, San Antonio, TX.

Kingsbury, G., Houser, R., Bontempo, B., Tai, J., & Harris, G. (2005). The Growth of the GRD. Presented at the Annual Members Seminar of the Northwest Evaluation Association, Portland, OR.

Bontempo, B., Kingsbury, G., Cronin, C., Hauser, C., McCall, M, & Houser, R. (2005). Using item response theory to calculate examinee speed and item duration. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.

Cronin, J., Bontempo, B., Kingsbury, G., Hauser, C., McCall, M, & Houser, R. (2005). Using item response time and accuracy on a computer adaptive test to predict deflated estimates of performance. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.

McCall, M., Cronin, J., Bontempo, B., Kingsbury, G., Hauser, C. & Houser, R. (2005). Expected and observed response times on computer adaptive tests. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, Canada.

Kingsbury, G., Zara, T., Bontempo, B. (2005). Converting from Paper-Based Tests to Computer-Based Tests - The Practical Issues. Presented at the Computerized Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers, Scottsdale, AZ.

Kingsbury, G,. Houser, R., Bontempo, B., Tai, J., & Johnson, T. (2004). The Growth of the GRD. Presented at the Annual Members Seminar of the Northwest Evaluation Association, Portland, OR.

Goldstein, R. & Bontempo, B. (2004). Reconciling the Differences between Qualitative Inquiry and Rasch Measurement Theory. A poster presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Bontempo, B. & Plake, B. (2004). Philosophies and Methods of Standard Setting. Presented at the Computerized Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers, Indian Wells, CA.

Houser, R., Bontempo, B., Tai, J., & Johnson, T. (2003). The Growth Research Database. Presented at the Annual Members Seminar of the Northwest Evaluation Association, Portland, OR.

Marks, C., Linhart, F., & Bontempo, B. (2003). Managing Item Banks - Practical and Theoretical Issues. Presented at the Computerized Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers, Amelia Island, FL.

Bontempo, B., & Kingsbury, G. (2002). Creating Scales of School Effectiveness. Presented at the Annual Members Seminar of the Northwest Evaluation Association, Portland, OR.

Bontempo, B. (2002). Innovations in the Evaluation of Innovation. Paper presented at the Computerized Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers, Carlsbad, CA.

Bontempo, B. (2001). Innovative Item Types: How to Evaluate the Bang for the Buck. Paper presented at the Computerized Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers, Tucson, AZ.

Bontempo, B. (2000). Archaeological Databases. Paper presented at a workshop on recent Etruscan excavations, Lugano, Switzerland.

Bontempo, B. (2000). Assessing Speededness using Probabilistic Models. A dissertation submitted to the faculty of the Division of Social Sciences, University of Chicago.

Bontempo, B., Bergstrom B., & Zaglaniczny, K (1999). Item Types of the Future: Incorporating Sounds and Video into Multiple Choice Questions. Presented to the National Organization for Competency Assurance, San Diego, CA.

Bergstrom, B., Shroeder, L., & Bontempo, B. (1999). Applications of Item Response Theory in Every Day Testing. Presented to the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation, Portland, OR.

Bontempo, B. D. & Marks C. (1998). Local Item Dependence in Computerized Simulation Testing. Paper presented at the Midwest Objective Measurement Seminar, Chicago, IL.

Wendt, A.W., Bontempo, B. D., & Worecester, P. (1998). Update on NCLEX-RN® Diagnostic Profile. Computers in Nursing 16 (3), 142-144.

Bontempo, B. D., Marks C, & Karabatsos, G (1998). A Meta-Analytic Assessment of Empirical Differences in Standard Setting Procedures. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Bontempo, B. D. (1998) Ins and Outs of Computerized Testing. Presented to the Chicago Society of Association Executives.

Bontempo, B. D. (1997). Creating Objective Measures of Item Length and Examinee Speed for the NCLEX Examination. Paper presented at the Midwest Objective Measurement Seminar, Chicago, IL.

Bontempo, B. D. & Julian, E. J. (1997). Assessing Speededness in Variable Length Computer-Adaptive Testing. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education, Chicago.

Parmer, T., Loadman, W.L., Bontempo, B. D., & Thomas, A. M. (1997). Evaluation of Teenage Sexuality and Pregnancy Prevention Project Period September 30, 1994 - December 31, 1995. A final report to the Ohio Department of Education.

Gorham, J. L. & Bontempo, B. D. (1996). Repeater patterns on NCLEX® using CAT versus NCLEX® using paper-and-pencil testing. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Julian, E. J. & Bontempo B. D. (1996). Investigation into decision rules for NCLEX® candidates who run out of time. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York.

Bontempo, B. D. (1996). A comparison of latent trait models and latent class models when the level of measurement of the latent construct is unknown. Unpublished master's thesis, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

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Daniel John Wilson, B.A.
Statistical Associate

Educational Background & Summary

Daniel completed his B.A. in psychology at San Diego State University. Daniel's scholastic interests include the advancement of research methodologies (i.e., simulation & modeling techniques that compliment traditional quantitative methods) pertaining to the study of social and technical systems and the study of community formation & development and social change. Daniel earned a certificate as a Credentialing Specialist in July 2015.

Quantitative Methods and Research Experience

Daniel offered his time as a teaching assistant at PSU for three years with the quantitative research methods graduate sequence in the Department of Psychology. He currently works as a statistical associate at Mountain Measurement, both collaborating and taking the lead on psychometric and research projects. These experiences have made Daniel an excellent consultant and teacher specializing in implementation and interpretation of research statistics using MS Excel and SPSS.

Publication and Presentations

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2016, March). Improving Reports for Testing Programs. Presented at the 2016 ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Orlando, FL.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2016, March). TRANSOM Your Window Into Test Results. Product demonstration at the 2016 ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Orlando, FL.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2015, April) Program Reports. Presented at the 2016 NCLEX Conference for Canadian Educators, Toronto, ON.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2015, March). Innovating Report Design in Testing. Workshop presented at the 2015 Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Palm Springs, CA.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2014, March). Innovating Reports with Data Visualization. Workshop presented at the 2014 Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Wilson, D. & Garrett, K. (2013, February). Psychometrics for Complete Beginners. A presentation at the Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2013, February). Free Data Visualization and Reporting Evaluations. A presentation at the Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Wilson, D., Bontempo, B., & Amoruso, M. (2010). NCBTMB Advanced Certification Needs Assessment Survey Results. A report for the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork. Portland, OR.

Bontempo, B. & Wilson, D.(2009, April). Generating Artificial School Attendance Boundaries. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.

Semenza, J., Hall, D., Wilson, D., Bontempo, B. Sailor, D. & George, L. (2008). Public Perception of Climate Change: Voluntary Mitigation and Barriers to Behavior Change. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 35(5), 479-487.

Wilson, D. J., Semenza, J., Bontempo, B., March, T., Neel, B., Thompson, A., Hayes, T., Rippeteau, E. (2007, June). Developing Community through Neighborhood Revitalization: The Intersection Repair Project. A presentation at the Society for Community Research and Action 11th Biennial Conference, Pasadena, CA.

Prislin, R., Brewer, M., & Wilson, D. J. (2002). Changing majority and minority positions within a group vs. an aggregate. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 28, 640-647.

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Jesse Johnson
Senior Developer/Operator

Jesse Johnson has over 20 years of experience as a software developer, systems administrator, server engineer, and database architect. He is well versed in both Microsoft and the variety of UNIX platforms. Jesse regularly administers virtual servers using Xen, VMware, VirtualBox, Linux VServers, and Microsoft Virtual Server technologies. He has extensive experience with both open source and proprietary relational database management systems including MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle. He has also developed and maintained a number of enterprise applications in PHP, Ruby, and Perl.

Jesse’s prior work experience includes undertaking massive upgrades to the computing infrastructure of major universities and libraries. While at Portland State University, he served as the lead systems administrator responsible for all library information technology services. Prior to that, he was employed as the lead systems administrator for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Virginia Polytechnic University. More recently, his contract work, primarily for small businesses and non-profits, has focused on server administration, web application development using Ruby on Rails, VOIP solutions utilizing Asterisk, and virtual server environment design and implementation. Jesse’s skills also include knowledge in mathematics, statistics, and research methods. He has been a part of the Mountain Measurement team in various capacities since 2005.

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