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Test Standards & Policies
International Guidelines for Test-Use
These guidelines suggest the competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other personal characteristics) needed by test users. "In the complete document, these competencies are specified in terms of assessable performance criteria. These criteria provide the basis for developing specifications of the evidence of competence that would be expected from someone seeking qualification as a test user."
Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JTCP)
A collaboration of the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education, the American Counseling Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of Test Directors, the JCTP provides "a means by which professional organizations and test publishers can work together to improve the use of tests in assessment and appraisal." This portal provides guidelines and documentation from their efforts.
Designing Tests & Meaures
Hints for Designing Effective Questionnaires
"The purpose of this article is to offer tips in designing quality questionnaires and on avoiding common errors. Some of the more prevalent problems in questionnaire development are identified and suggestions of ways to avoid them are offered."
Finding out about a Test's Reliability & Validity
When you select a test for your research papers, you will often need to provide some information on a test's reliability and validity as an effective screening tool.
There are a few ways to find out about a test's validity and reliability:
- Many of the books that have tests & measures will include brief sections on the reliability/validity of the tests that they describe.
- In addition, you can also search for journal articles that discuss and describe tests in order to assess your chosen test's reliability & validity.
- ETS Test Link indexes and annotates over 25,000 tests and measures.Other information includes publication date, author, publisher, availability contact information, and acronyms.
Searching the Library Catalog
To find more books on how to develop tests, surveys or questionnaires, try using some of these keywords:
test construction OR design
social research AND test* AND methodology
psychological test* AND methodology
Helpful books for constructing a test