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Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing

The new edition of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (the Testing Standards) was released in July 2014. The Testing Standards is a joint product of the  American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). Published collaboratively by the three organizations since 1966, it represents the gold standard in guidance on testing in the United States and many other parts of the world. The previous edition of the Testing Standards was published in 1999.

In the past 15 years, important developments have occurred in the field of testing, requiring significant revision to the Testing Standards. Five areas, in particular, receive attention in the 2014 revision:

  • Examining accountability issues associated with the uses of tests in educational policy
  • Broadening the concept of accessibility of tests for all examinees
  • Representing more comprehensively the role of tests in the workplace
  • Taking into account the expanding role of technology in testing
  • Improving the structure of the book for better communication of the standards

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Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing: Background

The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing has been produced through a long-standing collaboration of three associations: the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). First published in 1966, the Testing Standards has been revised periodically. The collaboration of the three associations has been formalized in a cooperative agreement that creates a management structure and sets procedures for maintaining and revising the Testing Standards. The agreement designates a publisher, currently AERA, to handle the distribution and sales; a Management Committee composed of one representative from each association to oversee all aspects of the Testing Standards; and a Joint Committee to prepare the actual revision for approval of the associations. From the outset, all income above costs of printing and distribution of the Testing Standards has been placed in a reserve to finance the work of future revisions.   

The purpose of this website is to provide general information about the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and the 2014 revision of the Testing Standards.. The website provides a brief History of the Standards, beginning with the Technical Recommendations for Psychological Tests and Diagnostic Techniques published by APA in 1954.  Information on the members and roles of two working committees, the Management Committee and the Joint Committee for the 2014 revision of the Testing Standards, is provided.  

 

The Test Standards

The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing was developed to “promote sound testing practices and to provide a basis for evaluating the quality of those practices” (AERA, APA, & NCME, 2014, p. 1). The Standards provides criteria for the “development and evaluation of tests and testing practices and to provide guidelines for assessing the validity of interpretations of test scores for the intended test uses” (AERA, APA, & NCME, 2014, p. 1). 

Copies of the 2014 Standards may be ordered from the AERA Online Bookstore. To view the table of contents for the 2014 Standards will be available soon.

 

 

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© 2014 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing by the American Educational Research Association,
the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education