Mountain Measurement, Inc.
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Employment Opportunity
Data Visualization Software Engineer

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

Brian D. Bontempo, Ph.D.
Principal Consultant

Licensure & Certification Experience

Dr. Bontempo has over 15 years of experience in licensure and certifcation. Brian played a leadership role in the design and development of the following programs and now serves as a commissioner for the National Commission on Certifying Agencies:

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

Bontempo, B. (2014). Increasing Mobility in Europe through Assessment-Based Certificates. A presentation at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers in Budapest, Hungary, Sept 25, 2014.

Bontempo, B. (2014). The Basics of Data Visualization for Test Reporting. A presentation at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishersin Budapest, Hungary, Sept 25, 2014.

Bontempo, B. (2014). TRANSOM - Your Window into Testing Results. A product demonstration at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers in Budapest, Hungary, Sept 25, 2014.

Bontempo, B. (2014). The Use of Data Visualization in Testing Reports. A paper presented at the 9th Conference of the International Test Commission in San Sebastian, Spain. July 3, 2014.

Bontempo, B. (2014). A More Informative Group Percentile Rank. A paper presented at the 9th Conference of the International Test Commission in San Sebastian, Spain. July 3, 2014.

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). Innovating Reports with Data Visualization. Workshop presented at the 2014 Innovations in Testing Conference on March 3, 2014, Scottsdale, AZ.

Bontempo, B., & Nolin, M. (2013). Assessment-based Certificate Program: Why It May Be Preferable to NCCA Accreditation. Presented at the 2013 ICE Exchange Conference in Amelia Island, FL, November 13, 2013.

Bontempo, B. (2013). Certification Quality and Accreditation. Presented at the 7th Annual National Medical Interpreter Certification Forum in Portland, OR. May 3, 2013.

Bontempo, B., Buckendahl, C., Muckle, T., & Neustel, S. (2013). Benchmarks: A (Theoretically) Comprehensive Overview of Industry Standards and Best Practice Guidelines. Presented at the 2013 ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 5, 2013.

Bontempo, B., Buckendahl, C., Muckle, T., & Neustel, S. (2013). Benchmarks: A (Theoretically) Comprehensive Overview of Industry Standards and Best Practice Guidelines. A presentation at the Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 5, 2013.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2013). Free Data Visualization and Reporting Evaluations. A presentation at the Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 4, 2013.

Weber, A., Bontempo, B., Kruzel, R., Leuschke, D., Galati, T. (2012). NCCA Standards – What are Your Biggest Challenges? A presentation at the ICE Annual Educational Conference in Palm Springs, CA, November 7, 2012.

Bontempo, B. (2012). Data Visualization within Mountain Measurement's TRANSOM system. A presentation at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers in Berlin, Germany, Sept 13, 2012.

Bontempo, B. (2012). The Basics of Data Visualization. A presentation at the Annual Meeting of the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers in Berlin, Germany, Sept 12, 2012.

Bontempo, B. (2012). Data Visualization. A presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Test Publishers in Palm Springs, CA, February 29, 2012.

Bontempo, B., & Kingsbury, G. (2011). A Comparison of CAT and LOFT for Certification Examinations. A presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence in New Orleans, LA, November 28, 2011.

Bontempo, B. (2011). Moving beyond Efficiency to Allow CAT to Provide Better Diagnostic Information. A presentation at the 2011 Annual Conference sponsored by the International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing in Monterey, CA, October 3, 2011.

Bontempo, B. (2011). Standard Setting. A presentation at the Annual Conference of the Ontario Based Hospital Group in Windsor, ON, May 12, 2011.

Garcia, R., Rupp, S., & Bontempo, B. (2011). Local Versus Remote Proctoring for High Stakes Exams. A presentation at the 2011 Innovations in Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers in Phoenix, AZ, March 2, 2011.

Bontempo, B., Kingsbury, G., Wise, S., & Zara, A. (2011). The Future of Computer-based Testing is Now...Or At Least Real Soon. A presentation at the 2011 Innovations in Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers in Phoenix, AZ, February 28, 2011.

Bontempo, B.(2010). Objective Classroom Assessment Using the Rasch Model. A presentation at the International Conference on Probabilistic Models for Measurement in Education, Psychology, Social Science and Health in Copenhagen, Denmark June 16, 2010.

Becker, K., Bontempo, B., Dickison, P., & Masters, J.(2010). A Comparison of Item Exposure, Test Information, and Theta Recovery for LOFT, CAT, and Fixed Form Tests. A presentation at the first Annual Meeting of The International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing in Arnhem, The Netherlands June 9, 2010.

Wise, S., Bontempo, B., & Kingsbury, G., (2010). Pushing the limits of an adaptive test: Interaction between the test population and the item pool. A presentation at the first Annual Meeting of The International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing in Arnhem, The Netherlands June 9, 2010.

Bontempo, B., Kingsbury, G., Wise, S., & Zara, A.(2010). The Theoretical Issues That Are Important to Operational Adaptive Testing. A presentation at the first Annual Meeting of The International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing in Arnhem, The Netherlands June 7, 2010.

Bontempo, B., Kingsbury, G., & Zara, A.(2010). A Comparison of Progressive Item Selection Procedures for Computerized Adaptive Tests. A presentation at the Annual Meeting of The National Council on Measurement In Education in Denver, CO May 2, 2010.

Bontempo, B., Claydon, H., & Mulkey, J.(2010). Evaluating and Charting a Path for Innovation. A presentation at the 2010 Innovations in Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers in Orlando, FL February 8, 2010.

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, January 19, 2010.

Kingsbury, G., Bontempo, B., & Zara, A.(2009). A Comparison of Computerized Adaptive Testing (CAT) with Linear on the Fly Testing (LOFT) Methods for Certification Applications. A presentation at the Annual Educational Conference of the National Organization for Competency Assurance in Phoenix, AZ November 21, 2009.

Muckle, T., Masters, J., & Bontempo B.(2009). Comparing Difficulty Estimates Using Operational CAT and Pilot Data. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego, CA April 14, 2009.

Bontempo, B. & Wilson, D.(2009). Generating Artificial School Attendance Boundaries. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego, CA April 16, 2009.

Bontempo, B., Sammet, M., & Sutton, Q.(2009). Online Testing: The Green Scene. A presentation at the Innovations in Testing Annual Conference of the Association of Test Publishers in Palm Springs, CA February 24, 2009.

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. A 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. A 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. A 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. A presentation 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. A presentation 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. A 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. A 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. A 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. A presentation 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. A presentation 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. A presentation 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. A presentation 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. A presentation 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. A presentation at the Annual Members Seminar of the Northwest Evaluation Association, Portland, OR.

Bontempo, B. (2002). Innovations in the Evaluation of Innovation. A 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. A paper presented at the Computerized Testing Conference sponsored by the Association of Test Publishers, Tucson, AZ.

Bontempo, B. (2000). Archaeological Databases. A 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. A Presentation 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. A presentation 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. A presentation 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 and is completing an MS in Applied Social/Community Psychology while pursuing his Ph.D. in Systems Science at Portland State University (PSU). 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.

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. (2014). Innovating Reports with Data Visualization. Workshop presented at the 2014 Innovations in Testing Conference on March 3, 2014, Scottsdale, AZ.

Wilson, D. & Garrett, K. (2013). Psychometrics for Complete Beginners. A presentation at the Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 5, 2013.

Bontempo, B., & Wilson, D. (2013). Free Data Visualization and Reporting Evaluations. A presentation at the Annual ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, February 4, 2013.

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, January 19, 2010.

Bontempo, B. & Wilson, D.(2009). Generating Artificial School Attendance Boundaries. A paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Diego, CA April 16, 2009.

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.

Wilson, D. J., Semenza, J., Bontempo, B., March, T., Neel, B., Thompson, A., Hayes, T., Rippeteau, E. (2007). Developing Community through Neighborhood Revitalization: The Intersection Repair Project. A presentation at the Society for Community Research and Action 11th Biennial Conference in Pasadena, CA, June 8, 2007.

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.

Jesseís 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. Jesseís 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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Teressa Marcinek, M.Ed.
User Support Associate

Teressa performs a wide range of duties at Mountain Measurement in support of both the NCLEX Program Reports users and the Mountain Measurement staff. Her primary responsibilities at Mountain Measurement include data preparation/manipulation, database maintenance, test construction/assembly, website maintenance, and customer service.

Teressaís prior work experience includes overseeing the implementation of upgrades to the Portland State University (PSU) Housing & Residence Life database and web portal and she has served as both the Accounts Coordinator and the Assessment Coordinator for that same department.

Teressa completed her B.A. in Communications at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. She received her M.Ed. at Strayer University in Arlington, VA, while employed there as a Business Office Manager. She has been a member of the Mountain Measurement team since 2012.

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