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Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing

The American Psychology Association (APA) developed its own set of standards which align with and extend the standards outlined in the Uniform Guidelines in order to outline best practices for ‘test construction, evaluation, documentation (e.g., validity, reliability) and fairness in testing (e.g., language difficulties, disabilities) for all psychological and educational measurement’ (Hanges et al., 2013, p. 696). This work was known as the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (frequently referred to as the Standards). Interestingly, the Standards were intended for a broad audience, informing test administrators and test-takers on the ethical use of testing procedures. Today, the Standards are revised in collaboration with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) (Hanges et al., 2013). The most recent edition was published in 2014 and includes updates on the use of tests in the workplace and the role of technology in testing.

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