About the Joint Committee on Testing Practices

The Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP) was established in 1985 by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). In 2007 the JCTP disbanded, but JCTP publications are still available and may be obtained by contacting any of the groups listed in the product descriptions shown below.

JCTP Publications

The ABC's of School Testing

Developed by the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP) and a collaboration of several other testing organizations, this videotape is designed to help parents understand the many uses of testing in schools today. Various types of tests and their appropriate uses in the school setting are illustrated, and aptitude and achievement tests are also discussed.  In addition to the videotape, two publications are also included: Leader's Guide and the Code of Fair Testing Practices. To obtain this video package, contact The National Council on Measurement in Education or via phone at (608) 443-2487.

Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education

Copyright 2004 by the Joint Committee on Testing Practices. This material may be reproduced in its entirety without fees or permission, provided that acknowledgment is made to the Joint Committee on Testing Practices. Any exceptions to this, including requests to excerpt or paraphrase this document must be presented in writing to Director, Testing and Assessment, Science Directorate, APA. This edition replaces the first edition of the Code , which was published in 1988. Please cite this document as follows: Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education. (2004). Washington, DC: Joint Committee on Testing Practices. (Mailing Address: Joint Committee on Testing Practices, Science Directorate, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education (PDF, 803 KB)

Responsible Test Use: Case Studies for Assessing Human Behavior

One of the major problems in educational and psychological measurement has been the misuse of test data. Developed by a working group of JCTP, Responsible Test Use was developed to help train professionals to use tests wisely. It analyzes the misuse of test data and shows how it can occur in so many different ways. To obtain a copy of Responsible Test Use: Case Studies for Assessing Human Behavior, contact the APA Order Department via phone at (800) 374-2721 or via email.

Test User Qualifications: A Data-Based Approach to Promoting Good Test Use

Developed by a working group of the JCTP, it is a 143-page technical report that examined models for screening qualifications for test users; contact the APA Science Directorate via phone (202) 336-6000 or via email to obtain a copy.

Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers: Guidelines and Expectations

This statement was developed by the Test Taker Rights and Responsibilities Working Group (TTRR) of the JCTP, and it explains the rights and responsibilities of test takers during the testing process as well as the general expectations of test takers held by those who develop, administer, and use tests. The recently revised version (Fall 1999) is available online.

Assessing Individuals with Disabilities in Educational, Employment and Counseling Settings

Developed by the Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities Working Group (Disabilities) of the JCTP, the book attempts to provide guidance and assistance for testing persons with disabilities. The book is comprised of three sections: (1) basic legal, policy, and psychometric issues; (2) necessary steps and considerations in the process of assessing individuals and (3) the assessment of people in specific testing situations. To obtain a copy, contact the APA Order Department via phone at (800) 374-2721 or via email.

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