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Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing Now Being Revised

APA, together with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), has begun the process of revising the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. Last published in 1999, following a 5-year revision effort, the Standards are considered the authoritative source on the development and validation of educational and psychological tests and assessments.

By Dianne Schneider

APA, together with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), has begun the process of revising the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. Last published in 1999, following a 5-year revision effort, the Standards are considered the authoritative source on the development and validation of educational and psychological tests and assessments.

Overseeing the joint effort is a Management Committee composed of one representative from each of the three sponsoring associations. Since its inception two years ago, the Management Committee has invested significant time and effort in soliciting comments from stake holders including the governance groups of the supporting associations, test users, and test developers; identifying key issues to be addressed in the revision; and assembling content experts for a Joint Committee whose charge is rewriting the Standards. It will closely monitor the Joint Committee's progress and assist with soliciting comments and securing approval of the final document from the governing bodies of the sponsoring associations. The Committee's chair, Wayne Camara, represents APA, Suzanne Lane is the AERA representative and David Frisbie represents NCME.

Co-chairing the Joint Committee are Barbara Plake, Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Lauress (Laurie) Wise, Human Resources Research Association. Plake and Wise note that "the charge to the Joint Committee is to focus on revision to the Standards that support improved communication of the Standards to users and practitioners. In addition, the charge directs attention in the revision to issues of technology, accountability, workplace, and access. Members of the Joint Committee have made good progress already in their consideration of these areas for revision. We have a very strong committee and look forward to completing our work on the revision in a timely manner."

The Joint Committee held its initial meeting in January and a second meeting in April. Remaining meetings for 2009 are scheduled for July and November.

Members of the Joint Committee include:
Linda Cook, Educational Testing Service
Fritz Drasgow, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Brian Gong, The National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, Inc.
Laura Hamilton, RAND Corporation
Jo Ida Hansen,University of Minnesota
Joan Herman, University of California-Los Angeles
Michael Kane, National Conference of Bar Examiners
Michael Kolen, University of Iowa
Antonio E. Puente, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Paul Sackett, University of Minnesota
Nancy Tippins, Valtera Corporation
Walter (Denny) Way, Pearson
Frank C. Worrell University of California-Berkeley

The Project Director is Marianne Ernesto, APA Director of Testing and Assessment, and the Project Coordinator is Dianne Schneider.