JCTP Seeks Comments on Test Taker Rights and Responsibilities

Patti Harrison, PhD, dicusses the use of the Statement with school-age children.
Patti Harrison, PhD, Professor and Assistant Dean, University of Alabama, discusses the use of the Statement with school-age children.
On October 11-12, the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP) was greeted with support and constructive recommendations at its first conference to review the draft statement on Test Taker Rights and Responsibilities. The conference was held at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's national office in Rockville, MD, and included invited speakers and participants from a wide range of testing backgrounds. JCTP will incorporate comments from testing professionals and other members of the public and should have a final version of the statement in late 1997.

The October conference was the first in a series of forums held to solicit comments on how the statement might be used in a range of testing situations. The purpose of the statement is to inform and educate test takers and others involved in testing so that tests are used appropriately and validly.

Psychologists Kurt Geisinger, PhD, and William Schafer, PhD, are cochairs of a JCTP working group that has been developing the statement on test taker rights and responsibilities since 1993. In addition to APA, current members of the JCTP are the American Counseling Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).

At the conference, speakers and members of the audience addressed issues ranging from the use of the statement in educational, organizational, and clinical settings to legal and civil rights considerations. Highlights included the following:

For a copy of the complete statement, contact Heather Roberts, PhD, in the Science Directorate.

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