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The International Test Commission

Topics to be addressed include methodological, technical, professional, and ethical issues in relation to policy and practice issues within testing.

By Ron Hambleton, PhD

The International Test Commission is an organization with a variety of members. Its full members include most of the major national psychological associations; its affiliate members include test publishers and developers, and its individual members include researchers, practitioners and test developers. The ITC has become most widely known for its Guidelines in the areas of test adaptation, test use and computer-based testing, and for its international conference every two years. The fifth such conference, held in Brussels in 2006, focused on test adaptation.

The Sixth ITC Conference will be held in Liverpool, England, 14th-16th July 2008. Its focus is on the impact of testing on people and society. The conference, with the theme “Enhancing the value of test use” will bring together researchers, educators, psychologists, policy experts, testing specialists and those who use tests on a regular basis to discuss the impact of testing on people and society.

Topics to be addressed include methodological, technical, professional and ethical issues in relation to policy and practice issues within testing, and will include talks on the following: the value and utility of testing, policy and practice issues in testing, advances in testing, the availability and use of tests in small and developing countries and the impact of tests and testing on people and society.

As in the past, the conference will include invited lectures, workshops, symposia, paper sessions and posters and will cover the areas of work, health, leisure and educational contexts. For further details please see the ITC website. Ψ