New Revision of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing Just Released

For Immediate Release:
August 18, 2014

New Revision of Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing Just Released

New Edition Addresses Important Changes in Federal Law and Major Measurement Trends

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 18, 2014 – The new revision of the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing has just been released jointly by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME). The Testing Standards is the gold standard in guidance on the development and use of educational and psychological testing in the United States and many other countries.

The new edition of the Testing Standards, which was last revised in 1999, addresses important developments in federal law and measurement trends affecting validity, testing of individuals with disabilities or different linguistic backgrounds, new types of tests, and new uses of existing tests.

Five general areas, in particular, receive attention in the 2014 revision:

  • Examining the accountability issues for the uses of tests in educational policy
  • Broadening the concept of accessibility of tests for all examinees
  • Representing more comprehensively the role of tests in the workplace
  • Taking into account the expanding role of technology in testing
  • Improving the structure of the book for better communication of the standards

The Testing 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. The book is an important reference for professional test developers, sponsors, publishers, users, policymakers, employers, and students in education and psychology.

The Testing Standards has been endorsed by AERA, APA, and NCME as representing best practice for their members.

The three associations jointly hold the copyright to the Testing Standards. Revenue from the sale of the book produces a development fund to ensure that adequate resources will be available for future revisions.

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About AERA, APA, and NCME

With more than 25,000 members, the American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the largest national professional organization devoted to the scientific study of education. Founded in 1916, AERA advances knowledge about education, encourages scholarly inquiry related to education, and promotes the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA's membership includes nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. APA works to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

The National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) is a professional organization for individuals involved in assessment, evaluation, testing, and other aspects of educational measurement. Members are involved in the construction and use of standardized tests; new forms of assessment, including performance-based assessment; program design; and program evaluation.