ERIC Number: ED392848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-21
Reference Count: N/A
Assuring the Quality of Licensing and Certification Programs.
When one considers the importance and social significance of licensing and certification examinations, it is amazing that the enterprise operates with virtually no societal oversight. The "Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing" and the "Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education" of the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education are statements of ideals, but they lack any enforcement mechanism. Licensing and testing organizations are motivated to cut costs and show a profit, and their test development procedures are not always apparent to the test user. The creation of some sort of watchdog agency to monitor high-stakes tests might be advisable. The "Standards for Quality and Fairness in Testing" developed by the Educational Testing Service for its own use might be applicable to testing as a whole. These standards are enforced at ETS through a "Visiting Committee" that monitors the test auditing program. These standards may be a model for an external agency for the testing community that could conduct spot checks and grant approval of test development practices. Such an agency would be good for the testing community and for the public. (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Monitoring; Standards for Educational and Psychological Tests
Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (San Francisco, CA, April 19-21, 1995).