The Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing

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Revised significantly from the 1985 version, the 1999 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing has more in-depth background material in each chapter, a greater number of standards, and a significantly expanded glossary and index. The new Standards reflects changes in federal law and measurement trends affecting validity; testing individuals with disabilities or different linguistic backgrounds; and new types of tests as well as new uses of existing tests. The Standards is written for the professional and for the educated layperson and addresses professional and technical issues of test development and use in education, psychology and employment. This book is a vitally important reference for professional test developers, sponsors, publishers, users, policymakers, employers, and students in education and psychology.

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Overview of Organization and Content

Part I: Test Construction, Evaluation, and Documentation

  1. Validity
  2. Reliability and Errors of Measurement
  3. Test Development and Revision
  4. Scales, Norms, and Score Comparability
  5. Test Administration, Scoring, and Reporting
  6. Supporting Documentation for Tests

Part II: Fairness in Testing

  1. Fairness in Testing and Test Use
  2. The Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers
  3. Testing Individuals of Diverse Linguistic Backgrounds
  4. Testing Individuals with Disabilities

Part III: Testing Applications

  1. The Responsibilities of Test Users
  2. Psychological Testing and Assessment
  3. Educational Testing and Assessment
  4. Testing in Employment and Credentialing
  5. Testing in Program Evaluation and Public Policy