Comments to be sought on revised Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing

For the past three years, the American Psychological Association, together with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), has sponsored the revision of the document widely considered to be the authoritative source on the development and validation of educational and psychological tests and assessments - the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.

Charged with overseeing the revision of the 1999 edition of the Standards, the Standards Management Committee (consisting of AERA, APA, and NCME) assembled a Joint Committee of well-known content experts in 2008 and assigned them the task of producing a revised edition of the Standards.  Based on input received from an earlier call for comments, it became apparent that a new edition of the Standards would need to address such issues as: changes associated with the increased use of tests for accountability and educational policy setting; access for all examinee populations; changes due to technological advances in testing; work place testing; and scope and format of the Standards document.

The members of the Joint Committee are now in the final stages of completing revisions to the 1999 Standards.  They anticipate releasing a draft of the revised document for public comment during the week of January 10, 2011.  The revised draft of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing will be posted on the Test Standards website. An on-line template will allow individuals and organizations to review the draft document and to submit comments and recommendations.  All comments and recommendations must be submitted to the Joint Committee through this website, and will be due by April 20, 2011.