Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA): 2010 Annual Report

The Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) held two meetings in 2010 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

Activities related to the revision of the Guidelines for Test User Qualifications were initiated by members of CPTA in 2010. It is expected that the Committee will continue to consider options for revision of the document in collaboration with other APA governance groups in 2011.

Convention Session

CPTA sponsored a one-hour symposium at the 2010 APA convention in San Diego, California.  The symposium, “An Update on the Revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing” was chaired by Frank Worrell, PhD, a past member of CPTA and a current member of the Joint Committee for the Revision of the Standards. Participants included: Dr. Wayne J. Camara, PhD, “Committee Process and Timeline and Process for External Reviews,” Antonio E. Puente, PhD, “Integrating fairness concerns for diverse examinee populations II - Administration and Reporting,” Jo Ida Hansen, PhD, “Updating Application Chapters - Psychological Testing and Employment Testing and Credentialing,” and Lauress (Laurie) Wise, PhD,  “Summary of issues being addressed as part of the Standards Revision.”

International Test Commission (ITC)

CPTA member, Ronald K. Hambleton, PhD continued his participation in the ITC as Secretary to the organization.  The 2010 ITC conference took place July 19-21, 2010 at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong.  Ex-CPTA member, Fred Leong, PhD is the APA representative to the ITC. 

Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE)

CPTA member, Frank C. Worrell, PhD represented APA at the fall 2010 meeting of the JCSEE. During 2010, 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. Samuel O. Ortiz represented CPTA at the meetings of the Coalition in 2010.

In 2010, 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 beginning with the release of the draft revised document in early 2011. Currently one member of CPTA, Michael J. Kolen, PhD serves on the Joint Committee for The Revision of the Standards.

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 2010. 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. A draft of the DIN proposal is expected to be submitted to relevant ISO organizations for approval in early 2011.

Policy Issues

CPTA continued to address a variety of policy issues related to assessment in 2010. Notable activities were related to the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and the development and adoption of the Common Core State Standards Initiative for language arts and mathematics. 

2010 CPTA Members

Marcia M. Andberg, PhD, chair, Ron K. Hambleton, PhD, Robert K. Heaton, PhD, Jerard F. Kehoe, PhD, Michael J. Kolen, PhD, Bernice A. Marcopulos, PhD, Robert J. McCaffrey, PhD, Beverly Jean Vandiver, PhD, and Samuel O. Ortiz, PhD.

Diversity is represented in the membership of CPTA. In 2010, CPTA consisted of six males and three females. One member is African-American, one is Hispanic, and seven are white/Caucasian. At their fall 2010 meeting, the members of CPTA elected Beverly Jean Vandiver, PhD as chair of the Committee for 2011.