Standard for Educational and Psychological Testing


In late 1999, the fourth version of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing was released by the three organizations responsible for this and previous versions, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).1 Previous versions had been released in 1966, 1974, and 1985 under the same or a very similar title. The stated purpose of the 1999 Standards is as follows:

The purpose of publishing the Standards is to provide criteria for the evaluation of tests, testing practices, and the effects of test use. Although the evaluation of the appropriateness of a test or testing application should depend heavily on professional judgement, the Standards provide a frame of reference to assure that relevant ...
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