Education Standards Advisory Panel


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Introduction and discussion about a proposed Education Standards Advisory Panel to provide an open, consensus‐based standards development process conforming to the Essential Requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Discussion will include the panel's intent, the proposed policies/procedures, membership process and ANSI essential requirements upon which they're based.

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Education Standards Advisory Panel

  1. 1. Education Standards Advisory Panel Moving toward an open, consensus-based standards development process <ul><li>Presented by Pamela Dillon, BLA, Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>NASBLA Spring BLA Workshop, Thursday, March 3, 2011 </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Implement a process for standards development that conforms to A merican N ational S tandards I nstitute Essential Requirements </li></ul>Education Standards Advisory Panel Primary Objectives
  3. 3. <ul><li>Gauge efficacy of Standards based on risk assessments, accident and participation data analyses, other research studies and scientific resources </li></ul>Education Standards Advisory Panel Primary Objectives
  4. 4. <ul><li>Openness </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of dominance </li></ul><ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination and harmonization </li></ul><ul><li>Notification of standards development </li></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  5. 5. <ul><li>Consideration of views & objections </li></ul><ul><li>Consensus vote </li></ul><ul><li>Appeals (procedural) </li></ul><ul><li>Written procedures </li></ul><ul><li>Compliance </li></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  6. 6. <ul><li>Openness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participation open to all persons directly and materially affected by the Standards </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  7. 7. <ul><li>Lack of dominance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Process not dominated by any single interest, individual or organization </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  8. 8. <ul><li>Balance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Process has participants from diverse interest categories to achieve balance </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  9. 9. <ul><li>Coordination and harmonization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Good faith effort to resolve potential conflicts between and among existing standards and candidate standards </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  10. 10. <ul><li>Notification of standards development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards development activity must be announced in suitable media to give opportunity for participation </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  11. 11. <ul><li>Consideration of views & objections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prompt consideration of written comments on proposed standards – and effort to resolve all expressed objections </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  12. 12. <ul><li>Consensus vote </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Procedures for reaching consensus must be stated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence of consensus vote on standards by ‘consensus body’ must be documented </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  13. 13. <ul><li>Appeals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Written procedures to afford due process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Center on procedural issues – actions or inactions of Panel – not content/substance of the standards </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  14. 14. <ul><li>Written procedures </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Govern methods used for standards development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Must be made available to any interested person </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  15. 15. <ul><li>Compliance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>With normative policies and administrative procedures established by ANSI </li></ul></ul>Standards Development Process ANSI’s Ten Essential Requirements
  16. 16. <ul><li>NASBLA Executive Board authorizes ANSI-based approach to standards development (Sept. 2010); clarifies goals (Nov. 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Board appoints Panel chairperson (Nov. 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>NASBLA staff workgroup and Panel chairperson, begin drafting Panel Rules (Dec. 2010) </li></ul><ul><li>Initial Board review of draft Rules (Feb. 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Panel rules approved as revised, interest categories determined (March 1, 2011) </li></ul>Developing the Panel & Operating Guidance
  17. 17. <ul><li>Distribution of ESAP Rules </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Written Rules define Panel’s objectives, authority, organization, interest categories, and all procedures governing standards development and procedural appeals </li></ul>Education Standards Advisory Panel
  19. 19. <ul><li>Panel serves as ‘ consensus body ’ </li></ul><ul><li>All Panel members appointed by Board for 3-year terms , with chance for reappointment. Term limits. </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum 15 members , including chairperson. </li></ul><ul><li>Application process open to all persons directly & materially affected by standards </li></ul>Advisory Panel – Key features
  20. 20. <ul><li>Stakeholder representation across ‘interest categories,’ with no category represented by more than 1/3 of total Panel members. State Boating Agency – maintained at 5 members. </li></ul><ul><li>Panel participation not conditional on NASBLA or other organizational membership </li></ul><ul><li>Members must comply with attendance, balloting, conduct, performance requirements stated in Rules </li></ul>Advisory Panel – Key features
  21. 21. 5 Interest Categories Interest Category Definition/Example Commercial Any person or representative from a for-profit company or organization offering NASBLA-approved/sanctioned courses. Also covers boat and boat accessory manufacturers, insurance companies, boat dealers, marina owners, towing and salvage companies, trade association representatives, etc. Non-Governmental Organization Non-profit organizations offering boating safety courses or having an interest in boating and water safety. Federal Boating Agency U.S. Coast Guard, international government agency, etc. State Boating Agency (5 seats) Members of the state boating agencies Public Boaters, researchers, boating writers or others that have an interest in boating and water safety.
  22. 22. <ul><li>Status Change addressed in Part IV, Parts 11 and 12 </li></ul><ul><li>Part V. General (1) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Members shall “adhere to the NASBLA Conflict of Interest Policy and to an Advisory Panel Code of Ethics …” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Members shall “ function independently as individuals and not as agents or representatives of organizations with which they are or may be associated or employed when engaged in the work of the Panel.” </li></ul></ul>Status Changes/ Conflict of Interest & Ethical Conduct
  23. 23. <ul><li>5-year cycle for Standards review </li></ul><ul><li>Drafts of proposed Standards must be published for review , with publicized ‘ call for comments ’ </li></ul><ul><li>Panel must dispose of each comment received and communicate disposition to each commenter </li></ul>Standards Development – Procedures
  24. 24. <ul><li>Upon Panel approval, proposed Standards move to ‘ consensus ballot ’ stage, with recorded votes and efforts to resolve all negative comments </li></ul><ul><li>Then on to ‘ public review draft ’ stage, with publicized comment period and efforts to resolve comments received </li></ul>Standards Development – Procedures
  25. 25. <ul><li>Substantive changes to Standards document – as result of consensus ballot or public review – require Panel to reconsider document and loop through procedures again… </li></ul>Standards Development – Procedures
  26. 26. <ul><li>First Panel will be selected by application by NASBLA Board. Will be named, trained, and given time to organize its work </li></ul><ul><li>Initiate ‘ call for revisions ’ (in lieu of ‘call for comments’) </li></ul><ul><li>Use most currently approved version of the National Boating Education Standards (with effective date Jan. 1, 2012) as basis for first review </li></ul>Standards Development – First Cycle
  27. 27. <ul><li>Panel Rules are a living, breathing document. We anticipate that revisions will be recommended as the panel is seated, trains, and begins the process. </li></ul><ul><li>Planned to achieve ANSI certification in the future. </li></ul>Moving Forward……
  28. 28. <ul><li>Most importantly, this process (if successful) will result in a heightened level of national agreement and consistency in boating education program content and delivery for the nation’s boaters . </li></ul>Moving Forward……
  29. 29. <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>