Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA): 2012 Annual Report

The Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment (CPTA) held two meetings in 2012 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 2012. It is expected that the committee will continue to consider options for revision of the document in collaboration with other APA governance groups in 2013.

As noted in previous annual reports, CPTA has been overseeing the revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing for APA since 2007. In 2012, CPTA continued activities related to the document’s revision. It is expected that the revision process will conclude in August 2013 when the final document is submitted to the Council of Representatives for consideration as APA policy. Two members of the Joint Committee for the Revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, Drs. Michael Kolen and Nancy Tippins, also served as members of CPTA in 2012.

International Activities

CPTA continued to monitor the approval process related to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) proposal, DIN 33430, Requirements for Proficiency Assessment Procedures and their Implementation. The ISO is an international standards organization whose members include various countries from around the world. DIN 33430 was developed to establish international standards for employment testing, and was approved by the relevant ISO organizations in early 2012. In 2013, it is anticipated that an ISO member country will proposed standards for clinical assessment. Consequently, members of CPTA will again become involved with ISO related activities at that time.

APA continued its support of the International Test Commission, ITC by sponsoring the 2012 ITC conference July 3-5, 2012, in Amsterdam. Former CPTA member and ITC treasurer Dr. Barbara Byrne is the current APA representative to the ITC.

Convention Session

CPTA sponsored a one-hour symposium at the 2012 APA convention in Orlando, Fla. The symposium titled, “Designing Cognitive Ability Tests for Use in Hiring and Promotional Systems,” focused on the perspectives and assumptions reflected in current approaches to designing cognitive ability tests for use in hiring and promotional systems. Participants discussed models of cognitive ability assessment ranging from the traditional psychometric approach to cutting-edge testing initiatives that incorporate recent advances in areas outside of I/O psychology such as the educational assessment and intelligence fields.

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 two meetings of the coalition in 2012.

Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation (JCSEE): Former CPTA member Dr. Beverly Vandiver represented APA at the fall 2012 meeting of the JCSEE. During 2012, Dr. Vandiver continued to participate in two ongoing 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 2012. Notable activities included 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 2012, members of CPTA included: Michael J. Kolen, chair, Charlene Alexander, PhD, Marcia M. Andberg, PhD, Richard I. Frederick, PhD, Bernice A. Marcopulos, PhD, Marc A. Norman, PhD, and Samuel O. Ortiz, PhD, Amy E. Schmidt, PhD and Nancy T. Tippins, PhD.

Diversity continues to be represented in the membership of CPTA. In 2012, CPTA consisted of five females and four males. Two members are African-American, one is Hispanic and six are white/Caucasian. At their fall 2012 meeting, the members of CPTA elected Dr. Samuel O. Ortiz as chair of the committee for 2013.