ERIC Number: ED333320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-3
Predicting Counselors' Test Use Practices.
Elmore, Patricia B.; And Others
This survey examined the test use practices of counselors who belong to either or both of two divisions of the American Association for Counseling and Development: the American School Counselors Association, and the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. A questionnaire covering test use patterns, test administration, selection and interpretation practices, and acquaintance with test use guidelines was completed by 672 counselors. Counselors adhered to many important test use guidelines. When selecting tests, most read test manuals or publisher's information. When administering tests, most explained the reason for giving the test, and how the results would be used. When interpreting tests, most of those surveyed said they seldom or never use a test in a way not specified in the manual. In interpreting test results, many reported reading the manual to find out the limitations of the test. However, many counselors reported no efforts to modify test administration procedures to allow for differences for minority and disabled individuals. Counselors' use of computer-generated test interpretations also raises some concerns. This is a relatively new aspect of test use and many counselors are uncertain about how to proceed. A final area of concern comes from the tendency of some counselors to use test scores alone in decision-making rather than seeking out other information to provide a more complete picture of the individual. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).