Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment: 2013 Annual Report

The Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) held two meetings in 2013 in conjunction with the spring and fall APA Consolidated Meetings. The following report summarizes the major issues the Committee focused on over the past year.

APA Guideline and Policy Statement Development

Members of CPTA continued activities related to the revision of the Guidelines for Test User Qualifications in 2013. It is expected that the Committee will develop an informational statement on qualifications related to the usage of tests in 2014.

As noted in previous annual reports, CPTA has overseen the revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing for APA since 2007. In 2013, CPTA continued activities related to the document’s revision. As anticipated, the process of revising the Standards was completed in August 2013 when the Council of Representatives approved the final draft of the revised document as APA policy. One member of the Joint Committee for The Revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, Dr. Nancy Tippins also served as a member of CPTA in 2013. 

International Activities

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an international standards organization whose members include various countries from around the world. In 2013, CPTA continued to monitor ISO sponsored activities related to the potential development of standards for clinical assessment.  

APA continued its support of the International Test Commission (ITC) by becoming a sponsor of the 2014 ITC conference. The 2014 conference is scheduled to take place July 3-5, 2012 in San Sebastian, Spain.   Former CPTA member and ITC treasurer, Dr. Kurt Geisinger is the current APA representative to the ITC.   

Convention Session 

CPTA sponsored a one-hour symposium at the 2013 APA convention in Honolulu, HI titled, “The Different Views of Fairness in Measurement and Testing: What is Bias?” CPTA member, Dr. Amy Elizabeth Schmidt, served as  symposium chair. Participants included: Wayne J. Camara, PhD, The College Board, Frank C. Worrell, PhD, University of California, Berkeley, Antonio E. Puente, PhD, University of North Carolina, Wilmington, and Nancy T. Tippins, PhD, Valtera Corporation.  CPTA chair, Dr. Samuel Ortiz served as the symposium discussant.

CPTA Collaborations 

Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE): CPTA continued its participation in the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE). Dr. Samuel O. Ortiz represented CPTA at the meetings of the Coalition in 2013. 

Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE): Former CPTA member, Dr. Beverly Vandiver represented APA at the fall 2013 meeting of the JCSEE. Dr. Vandiver continued to participate in two on-going JCSEE sponsored projects, the revision of the Personnel Evaluation Standards (in Education) and the Program Evaluation Standards. 

Policy Issues: CPTA continued to address a variety of policy issues related to assessment in 2013. Most notably, members of the Committee provided support to advocacy efforts by APA related to educational reform initiatives sponsored by the Department of Education. Additionally, the Committee continued to monitor efforts related to the multi-state adoption and implementation of the Common Core educational standards.

Committee Membership

In 2013, members of CPTA included, Samuel O. Ortiz, chair, Charlene Alexander, PhD, Winfred E. Arthur, Jr., PhD, Desiree Byrd, PhD, Richard I. Frederick, PhD, Marc A. Norman, PhD, Abigail T. Panter, PhD, Amy E. Schmidt, PhD, and Nancy T. Tippins, PhD. 

Diversity continues to be represented in the membership of CPTA. In 2013, CPTA consisted of five females and four males. Four members are African-American, one is Hispanic, and four are white/Caucasian. At their fall 2013 meeting, the members of CPTA elected Dr. Nancy T. Tippins as chair of the Committee for 2014.