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Perspectives is an annual one-day symposium hosted by Touchstone Institute in Toronto, Canada. The aim is to facilitate connections among disciplines to encourage communication and knowledge-sharing around topics in assessment and education.

Interdisciplinary and interactive, the Perspectives Symposium has been engaging industry stakeholders since 2015. The following topics have been explored through a day of professional speakers, bringing their perspectives and expertise together to discuss current and future trends.

  • 2015 Perspectives in Competency Assessment
  • 2016 Perspectives on Communication Competency
  • 2017 Perspectives on Successful Transitions for Internationally Educated Health Professionals
  • 2018 Perspectives on Assessment Validity
  • 2019 Perspectives on Professionalism
  • 2020 Perspectives on Standard Settings
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Touchstone Institute

145 Wellington St. West
8th Floor
Toronto, Ontario

2020 Symposium

Perspectives on Standard Setting


Jason Frank

Clinician-Educator, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Mark Reckase

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University

Richard Tannenbaum

General Manager, Educational Testing Service (ETS)

Patrick Quaid


Claire Touchie, MD, MHPE, FRCPC

Chief Medical Education Officer at the Medical Council of Canada

Melisse Willems

Executive Director of the College of Dietitians of Ontario

Sten Ardal

Chief Executive Officer

Sandra Monteiro

Director, Research and Analysis

Andrea Strachan

Director, Design and Innovation


January 30, 2020

Time Activity
8:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:00 am John McKinley
Touchstone Institute Chair
Land Acknowledgement and Introduction
9:15 am Jason Frank
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Setting Standards that Reflect the Profession’s Values
10:00 am Mark Reckase
Michigan State University
Translation of Policy to Cut-score: What Needs to be Considered?
11:00 am Break
11:20 am Panel Discussion
Who should be included in setting the standard?
Patrick Quaid, College of Optometrists of Ontario
Claire Touchie, Medical Council of Canada
Melisse Willems, College of Dieticians of Ontario
Andrea Strachan, Touchstone Institute (Facilitator)
12:20 pm Lunch
1:20 pm Sandra Monteiro
McMaster University & Touchstone Institute
Implications of Standard Setting Strategies
2:00 pm Table Activity
What makes a standard defensible?
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Richard Tannenbaum
Educational Testing Service
Interaction of Policy and Methodology in Standard Setting
3:45 pm Sten Ardal
Closing Remarks
4:00 pm Reception
Sten speaking in microphone
A group of people sitting around a table