Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA): 2011 Annual Report

The Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) held two meetings in 2011 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 2011. It is expected that the Committee will continue to consider options for revision of the document in collaboration with other APA governance groups in 2012.

In 2011, CPTA continued activities related to the revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing which began in 2007. As noted in previous annual reports, CPTA will oversee the document’s revision process for APA, which is expected to conclude with the submission of the revised document for consideration by members of the Council of Representatives at their meeting in August 2013. To that end, in spring 2011, CPTA submitted extensive comments in response to the call for public comment on the first draft of the revised Standards document. 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 2011. 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 final draft of the DIN proposal was submitted to relevant ISO organizations for a vote for approval in December 2011. The results of the balloting are expected in early 2012.

Convention Session

CPTA sponsored a one-hour symposium at the 2011 APA convention in Washington, D.C. The symposium, “Cultural Adaptation of Psychological Tests in the 21st Century: Challenges, Perils, and Promising Strategies,” was chaired by CPTA chair, Beverly Vandiver, PhD. Participants included: Doug Reynolds, PhD, Development Dimensions International, Inc. (DDI), Workplace Assessment Across Cultures: Common Practices And Persistent Challenges; Mariana Cherner, PhD, University of California San Diego, Considerations in Cross-cultural Neuropsychological Assessment; and Barbara Byrne, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa, Testing for Instrument Equivalence across Multiple Cultures: Many Complexities but a Few Solutions. Dr. Janet Harkness, PhD, UNL Gallup Research Center was the symposium’s discussant. The purpose of the symposium was to highlight the rapid increase in the cultural adaptations of tests; and to explore specific issues related to the adaption of employment and neurological tests, the methodological considerations inherent in test adaptation, and the ethical perils of cultural adaptation.

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 2011.

International Test Commission (ITC): Former CPTA member, Barbara Byrne, PhD continued to act as the APA representative to the ITC, and also serves as Treasurer of the organization. It is anticipated that APA will continue its history of support of the ITC by sponsoring the 2012 ITC conference scheduled to take place July 3-5, 2012 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE): CPTA member, Beverly Vandiver, PhD represented APA at the fall 2011 meeting of the JCSEE. During 2011, 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 2011. Notable activities were related to the continued deliberations concerning the reauthorization of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the development of the Common Core State Standards for language arts and mathematics.

Committee Membership

In 2011, members of CPTA included: Beverly Jean Vandiver, PhD, chair, Marcia M. Andberg, PhD, Richard I. Frederick, PhD, Robert K. Heaton, PhD, Jerard F. Kehoe, PhD, Michael J. Kolen, PhD, Bernice A. Marcopulos, PhD, Amy E. Schmidt, PhD, and Samuel O. Ortiz, PhD.

Diversity is represented in the membership of CPTA. In 2011, CPTA consisted of five males and four females. One member is African-American, one is Hispanic, and seven are white/Caucasian. At their fall 2011 meeting, the members of CPTA elected Michael J. Kolen, PhD as chair of the Committee for 2012.