Understanding Current Cumulative Score, Annual Performance Evaluation in OLA

Understanding Current Cumulative Score, Annual Performance Evaluation in OLA


Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) individual performance information was recently made available on the OLA site. Here are short explanations about what the designations mean.

Current Cumulative Score

This reflects how a participant is performing against their unique passing standard. The current cumulative score becomes available after a participant has answered 52 scorable questions and is updated every Monday from that point forward. The current cumulative score does not impact MOC Part 3 status. 

The passing standard for each OLA question is established individually by diplomates who volunteer as question raters. OLA is a criterion-referenced assessment and a participant’s score is not impacted by others’ performances.

Annual Performance Evaluation

This section shows how a participant is performing once they have answered 200 scorable questions. The annual performance evaluation does impact MOC Part 3 status.

The first evaluation occurs the January 1 after a participant has answered 200 total scorable questions. After that, performance evaluations take place annually and include the participant’s most recent 200 scorable questions. Those who answer more than 52 questions per year could have their first evaluation occur sooner than projected. There is no penalty for exceeding the minimum progress requirement each year.

Anyone with questions should visit our OLA FAQs or contact one of our certification managers at information@theabr.org or (520) 790-2900.

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