Antonio Puente, Ph.D., Chair
The Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) held two meetings in 2007. The first took place in March in conjunction with the APA Consolidated Meetings. The second occurred in September as part of the APA fall meeting schedule. The following report summarizes the major issues the Committee focused on over the past year.
Position Statements: CPTA completed revisions on one position statement, and continued work on another in 2007:
(i) Observers in the Testing Situation: In the late 1990’s, CPTA first noted that psychologists were frequently asked to allow others to observe testing sessions (e.g., in educational, clinical, and forensic settings). In response, members of CPTA began development on a statement designed to provide guidance to psychologists who are asked to allow observers into the testing situation. After several revisions, the Statement on Third Party Observers in Psychological Testing and Assessment: A Framework for Decision Making was approved by APA governance groups in 2007. The statement is now available at www.apa.org/science/programs/testing/third-party-observers.pdf.
(ii) Disclosure of Test Data: Final provisions approved as part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the revision of the APA Ethics Code prompted CPTA members to begin revision of the CPTA authored document on the disclosure of test data in 2003. A sub-committee of CPTA continued this effort in 2007.
Convention Session: In 2007, CPTA jointly sponsored a one-hour symposium with the Committee on Legal Issues (COLI) at the APA annual convention in San Francisco, CA. The session was titled: Third Party Observers in Psychological and Neuropsychological Forensic Psychological Assessment. Speakers included: Randy Otto, PhD., University of So. Florida, and Robert J. McCaffrey, PhD., State University of New York, Albany. The moderator was: Antonio E. Puente, PhD., University of No. Carolina, Wilmington. The purpose of the presentation was to discuss the ongoing debate regarding the presence of third party observers during psychological and neuropsychological testing.
International Test Commission (ITC):
CPTA member, Dr. Fred Leong represented APA at the 2007 meeting of the International Test Commission (ITC) Executive Council. The ITC Executive Council met in Prague from June 30-July 1, 2007 prior to the European Congress of Psychology. In 2008, the ITC Conference will take place July 14-16, 2008 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The conference will occur prior to the International Congress of Psychology which is being held in Berlin, Germany from July 19-25, 2008. The theme of the conference will be “The Impact of Testing on People and Society: Enhancing the Value of Test Use.”
Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE):
CPTA member, Dr. Jeffrey Braden represented APA at the fall meeting of the JCSEE. During 2007, Dr. Braden continued to participate in two on-going JCSEE sponsored projects, the revision of the Personnel Evaluation Standards (in Education) and the Program Evaluation Standards. Dr. Frank Worrell will be the CPTA representative to JCSEE beginning in 2008.
Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP): In 2007, CPTA continued its oversight of the JCTP for APA. During the latter part of the year, the JCTP sponsoring organizations agreed that the group should disband beginning January 2008. The APA Science Directorate will continue to support a JCTP website which will contain a listing of the group’s products as well a weblinks to the JCTP sponsoring organizations.
CPTA Collaborations: CPTA continued its ongoing partnership with the members of the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) in 2007. In his role as the CPTA liaison to CDIP, Dr. Jeffrey Braden served on the CDIP sponsored Task Force on Training Issues in Psychological Testing and Assessment for Graduate Students.
CPTA continued its participation in the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE). Dr. Samuel Ortiz represented CPTA at the meetings of the Coalition in 2007. Dr. Frank Worrell will be the CPTA representative to CPSE beginning in 2008.
In 2007 CPTA began activities related to the revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. CPTA will oversee the document’s revision process for APA. It is expected that the revision of the Standards will take at least three years.
Policy Issues: CPTA continued to address a variety of policy issues in 2007. Most notably, assessment provisions contained in proposed legislation related to the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
In 2007, members of CPTA included: Antonio Puente, PhD (Chair), Marcia Andberg, PhD, Madonna Constantine, PhD, Michael Kolen, PhD, David F. Lohman, PhD, Eric Miller, PhD, Samuel Ortiz, PhD, Chockalingam Viswesvaran, PhD, and Frank Worrell, PhD.
Diversity is represented in the membership of CPTA. In 2007, CPTA consisted of seven males and two females. Two members are Hispanic, two are African-American, and five are white/Caucasian. During their September 2007 meeting, members of CPTA elected Dr. Chockalingam Viswesvaran as Committee chair for 2008.