Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA): 2009 Annual Report

Marcia Andberg, Ph.D., Chair

The Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) held one meeting in 2009 in conjunction with the APA Consolidated Meetings. The following report summarizes the major issues the Committee focused on over the past year.

Convention Session

CPTA sponsored a one-hour symposium at the APA convention in Toronto, Canada.  The symposium, “Current Issues Affecting the Disclosure of Test Data and Materials” was chaired by Dr. Marcia Andberg, CPTA chair.  Participants included: Dr. Samuel Ortiz, Introduction and Conclusion; Dr. Jeffrey Braden, the Disclosure of Test Data and Materials; Dr. Andberg, Test Disclosure Document and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act; and Dr. Thomas Kubiszyn, Test Disclosure Document and the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct and the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing

International Test Commission (ITC)

CPTA member, Dr. Ron Hambleton continues his participation in the ITC as Secretary to the organization.  The next meeting of the ITC is scheduled to take place July 19-21, 2010 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong. 

Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE)

CPTA member, Dr. Frank Worrell represented APA at the fall 2009 meeting of the JCSEE. During 2009, Dr. Worrell continued to participate in two on-going JCSEE sponsored projects, the revision of the Personnel Evaluation Standards (in Education) and the Program Evaluation Standards.

CPTA Collaborations

CPTA continued its participation in the Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE). Dr. Frank Worrell represented CPTA at the meetings of the Coalition in 2009.

In 2009, CPTA continued activities related to the revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing which began in 2007.  CPTA will oversee the document’s revision process for APA, which is expected to take at least three years. Currently, two members of CPTA, Dr. Frank Worrell and Dr. Mike Kolen serve on the Joint Committee for The Revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing.

CPTA continued to monitor the development of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) proposal, DIN 33430, Requirements for Proficiency Assessment Procedures and their Implementation for APA in 2009.  The ISO is an international standards organization whose members include various countries from around the world.   The DIN proposal is designed to establish standards for practice related to such topics as: standardization of psychological assessment services related to assessment planning; the selection, integration, implementation and evaluation of assessment procedures; interpretation of assessment results and judgment formation; and qualifications of individuals taking an active part in the assessment process. 

Policy Issues

CPTA continued to address a variety of policy issues in 2009.  Most notably, assessment provisions contained in proposed legislation related to the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
In 2009, members of CPTA included: Marcia Andberg, PhD, Chair, Ron K. Hambleton, PhD, Robert K. Heaton, PhD, Jerard F. Kehoe, PhD, Michael J. Kolen, PhD, Robert McCaffrey, PhD, Beverly Jean Vandiver, PhD, Samuel O. Ortiz, PhD, and Frank Worrell, PhD.

Diversity is represented in the membership of CPTA.  In 2009, CPTA consisted of seven males and two females.  Two members are African-American, one is Hispanic, and six are white/Caucasian.  The members of CPTA re-elected Dr. Marcia Andberg as Committee chair for 2010.