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Improve NCLEX Pass Rates By Monitoring Student Performance

Created Sep 27 2016, 06:23 AM by LIPPINCOTT NURSING EDUCATION
  • NCLEX Prep
  • Remediation
  • NCLEX Pass Rates

Nursing degrees and certificates don’t mean much if graduates can’t pass the NCLEX® exam. And, as slipping pass rates show, it’s becoming an increasingly challenging task for today’s nursing grads.

But the NCLEX pass rate in 2016 was just over 85%—that’s not that bad, right? However, that figure conceals how many of those test-takers who barely passed and aren’t prepared for practice. They’re now in the job market and their unpreparedness will undoubtedly reflect badly on their alma maters.

Here’s how educators—using the Lippincott PassPoint testing solution as an example—can use performance data to spot and intervene with struggling students and increase NCLEX pass rates. (Lippincott PassPoint offers the added benefit of presenting questions in an adaptive NCLEX format, allowing students to familiarize themselves with the test environment.)

Step 1: Diagnose The Issues

Every exam or quiz that students take should be viewed as an opportunity to collect and analyze performance data.

With Lippincott PassPoint, educators can easily categorize all quiz and exam questions based on topic, question type, and other categories, as well as filter class and individual performance data. This allow you to determine:

  1. If your curriculum is not adequately covering certain subject areas
  2. Which types of exam questions students are really struggling to grasp
  3. The strengths and weaknesses of individual students
  4. Which students are truly struggling and in need of support

Step 2: Make Appropriate Curriculum or Class Tweaks

If you can see consistent issues throughout your classes, then changes to the broader curriculum should best address the problems—along with class-time remediation for the subject areas already covered.

However, if the identified issues are particular to individual students, then remediation outside of class gatherings will likely yield the best results.

The effectiveness of these changes should then be verified through another round of performance testing.

Step 3: Document and Communicate Progress

Faculty should not keep the insights garnered from performance data private. The ability to create detailed reports from a well-categorized exam allows educators to easily communicate to individual students exactly where and how they can improve.

It can also help you to formulate individualized remediation plans for students interested in improving.

Lippincott PassPoint can be implemented in various ways—from heavily instructor-directed requirements to independent student quizzing—so outcomes may vary. But, it’s clear that a structured program of student monitoring and intervention can reap excellent gains in NCLEX preparedness.

Need more proof that PassPoint can help prepare your nursing students for the NCLEX? Download our free whitepaper on student use of PassPoint and NCLEX-RN outcomes.

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