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Test Standards Management Committee Seeks Comments for Revision

The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing are frequently cited in federal and state legislation, court decisions, and other policy and legal documents as the preeminent professional and scientific guidelines on the development, use and validation of psychological and educational tests and assessments.

By Marianne Ernesto

The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (the Standards) are frequently cited in federal and state legislation, court decisions, and other policy and legal documents as the preeminent professional and scientific guidelines on the development, use and validation of psychological and educational tests and assessments. A revision of the Standards (1999) has been approved by the three sponsoring associations - the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Council for Measurement in Education (NCME).

In 2005, the sponsoring associations (AERA, APA, and NCME) appointed a Management Committee that is responsible for determining the general scope and emphasis of the revision, coordinating input and review of the revision, overseeing the financial and managerial aspects of the revision, and appointing of chairs and members of the Joint Committee who will conduct the revision. The revision will begin with a general call for comments from members of the associations and other groups and individuals having expertise and interest in educational and psychological testing. A call for comments is available from APA's Science Directorate. Individuals and organizations are welcome to submit comments on line through October 15, 2007.

All comments submitted to APA will be reviewed by the Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA). The members of CPTA will compile a summary of all comments and submit it as part of APA's formal statement on the current version of the Standards. After all comments have been received and reviewed, the Management Committee, with collaboration from the Joint Committee co-chairs, will determine the general areas or priorities for the revision and timeline. Based on the scope and focus of the revision, individual members with expertise in testing will be appointed to a Joint Committee which will begin the revision of the Standards in 2008.

Please contact Marianne Ernesto, Director Testing and Assessment, APA Science Directorate via email if you have questions or need additional information concerning the Standards revision process.