With the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was challenging for social work regulatory boards, exam candidates, and ASWB. The exams tell the story of the year, reflecting the emergency orders that shut down much of life around the world, and the slow reopening and adjusting to new safety protocols.
Follow the trajectory of ASWB operations against this backdrop in this 2020 Annual Report. The story—from the transition in leadership in May to the association’s first virtual Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly in November to the anti-racism statement made by the Board of Directors in response to the renewed focus on racial and social justice—is one of resilience, adaptability and agility, and commitment to the mission of public protection.
Entering 2021, ASWB continues to focus on the exams. Plans are under way for the Social Work Workforce Congress and the Social Work Census, a reenvisioned practice analysis that will bring in the voices of licensed and unlicensed practitioners to ensure the licensing exams remain relevant, fair, and reliable assessments of entry-level competence. Additionally, ASWB will be leading the development of a model compact to assist with practice mobility and beginning a new strategic planning process to set a course for the future.