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How do I find information about tests and measures, i.e., their descriptions and procurement instructions, as well as reports regarding their validity and reliability?

What body of ethical standards exists that pertains to educational testing?

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ERIC Documents Citations for Test Selection

ERIC Documents Citations for the Standards for Educational and Psychological Tests

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The following work, the authoritative set of standards pertaining to testing, was prepared by the Committee to Develop Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education:

Standards for educational and psychological testing. Washington, DC:
     American Psychological Association, 1997.

The following work is an interpretation for the general public of the Standards [cited immediately above], with a focus on the proper use of educational tests:

Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education. Washington, DC:
     Joint Committee on Testing Practices, 1988.

The following authoritative works are indexed in the Internet-accessible ERIC Test Review Locator:

Mental Measurements Yearbook [serial]. Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of
     Mental Measurements.

Test Critiques [serial]. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed. 

Tests in Print [serial]. Lincoln, NE: Buros Institute of
     Mental Measurements.

The contents of the following work are a subset of the descriptions of unpublished measures that are indexed in the Internet-accessible ERIC/ETS Test File:
Cumulative Index to Tests in Microfiche [serial]. Princeton, NJ:
     Educational Testing Service.

The following works are not indexed in the ERIC Test Locator, but provide a useful complement to its contents:

Directory of Unpublished Experimental Mental Measures [serial].
     Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
     [N.B.v.1-6 reissued by APA in 1996; v. 7 issued in 1997]
Tests: A Comprehensive Reference for Assessments in Psychology,
     Education, and Business, 4th ed. Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, 1997.

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The Code:

The Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education [http://www.apa.org/science/fairtestcode.html]
This code has been developed by a working group of the Joint Committee on Testing Practices, a cooperative effort of six major professional organizations that has as its aim the advancement in the public interest of the quality of testing practices. The Code is targeted to the general public and states the major obligations of professional test developers and test users regarding appropriate test development or selection, test interpretation, striving for fairness, and reporting test results. ( Also see Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers: Guidelines and Expectations
Alternate reliable sources of the Code reside at:

[http://ericae.net/code.htm] (courtesy of ERIC/AE)
[http://www.hbem.com/home/fairtest.htm] (courtesy of Harcourt Brace Educational Measurement)

Identification Aides:

The ERIC Test Locator [http://ericae.net/testcol.htm]
The ERIC Test Locator, a collaborative project of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation (ERIC/AE) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS), is an Internet-accessible database to locate descriptions of tests, citations to scholarly reviews of tests, and publisher contact information. For detailed instructions for using the ERIC Test Locator, please select Instructions for Searching the ERIC Test Locator.

Psychology Test Library [http://www.bhs.mq.edu.au/lib/testref.html]
The Psychology Department, School of Behavioural Sciences, at Macquarie University (Australia) offers brief descriptions of a broad range of psychological measures held in their library, in an alphabetical-by-title arrangement.

Professional and Advocacy Organizations:

American Psychological Association (APA)
Our country's premier professional association for psychologists offers a greatly detailed FAQ that we recommend highly. It is: Finding Information About Psychological Tests: Frequently Asked Questions [http://www.apa.org/science/faq-findtests.html]

Association of Test Publishers (ATP) [http://www.testpublishers.org/]
As the leading professional organization of American test publishers, ATP promotes standards for integrity in test development and advocates for tests' proper usage in the educational, clinical, medical, business, and professional licensure and certification arenas. To the general public, we especially recommend ATP's Questions About Tests [http://www.testpublishers.org/question.htm]. For an international perspective, we also can recommend ATP's European counterpart, the European Test Publishers Group [http://www.etpg.org/].

Consortium for Equity in Standards and Testing (CTEST) [http://wwwcsteep.bc.edu/ctest]
In its efforts to raise the general public's awareness of fairness in the application of standards and in tests' use, CTEST offers outstanding full-text documents, including a Testing and Evaluation Primer and a special presentation entitled What is a Test. CTEST also offers an excellent set of WWW links, a Bulletin Board for online discussion of current equity issues in assessment, and a "testing in the news" section entitled Spotlight Issues.

FairTest - National Center for Fair & Open Testing [http://www.fairtest.org/]
As part of its advocacy mission for the elimination of standardized testing abuse and the promotion of fair, valid, educationally sound testing practices, FairTest offers scholarly research that is presented in prose comprehensible to non-scholars in both electronic and print formats, technical assistance, and other public education and advocacy efforts.

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Created: January 7, 1998
Last Revised: March 16, 2000

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