Standards Study Group

Standards Study Group

The NCME Graduate Student Issues committee (GSIC) is pleased to inform our community of graduate students the creation of a study group about the Standards for Educational and Psychological testing (better known as the Standards).

A new version of the Standards is starting its writing process soon, and as Graduate Students we can and need to have a voice in this process. In the study group we will review the chapters of the current version of the Standards and initiate a conversation about its strengths and limitations, discussing ideas on how the new version of the Standards can improve.

We foresee this activity group spending two weeks per chapter, having one week of discussion among Graduate students and one week of discussion with an expert on the topic of the chapter. At the end of this cycle, we plan to start a participative process and write a statement as Graduate Students about the new version of the Standards.

This statement will have a call as a separate activity, however the ideas shared and constructed during the study group will serve as a resource to the discussions in the statement instance.

Calendar of the Study group

Fall 2021

Chapter

Link online boards with notes

Session

Date / Time

Invited expert

Link youtube video

Validity

Link

Discussion

Oct 19th – 3 pm EST

(not available)

Q&A

Nov 5th – 3 pm EST

Suzanne Lane

Link

Reliability/Precision and Errors of Measurement

Link

Discussion

Oct 29th – 3 pm EST

Link

Q&A

Nov 12th – 3 pm EST

Robert Brennan

Link

Fairness in Testing

Link

Discussion

Nov 19th – 3 pm EST

Link

Q&A

Dec 3rd  – 3 pm EST

Rebecca Zwick

Link *

Test design and Development

Link

Discussion

Dec 10th – 3 pm EST

Link

Q&A

Dec 17th – 3 pm EST

Alina von Davier

Link *

* This video is available for members of the study group only.

Spring 2022

Chapter

Link online boards with notes

Session

Date / Time

Invited expert

Link youtube video

Scores, norms, score linking and cut scores

Link

Discussion

Feb 1st – 3 pm EST

 

Link

Q&A

Feb 8th – 3 pm EST

Michael Kolen

Link

Test administration

Link

Discussion

Feb 18th – 3 pm EST

Link

Q&A

Mar 4th – 3 pm EST

April Zenisky

Link** 

Fairness in Testing

Link

Q&A

Mar 1st – 3 pm EST

Jennifer Randall

Link*

Documentation

Link

Discussion

Feb 25th – 3 pm EST

 Link

Q&A

Mar 11th – 3 pm EST

Stephen Sireci

 Link

Rights and responsibilities of test-takers

Link 

Discussion

Mar 18th – 3 pm EST

 

 Link

Q&A

Mar 28th – 3 pm EST

Akil Bello

 Link

* This video is available for members of the study group only.
** This video includes the audio of the session only.

Summer 2022

Chapter

Link online boards with notes

Session

Date / Time

Invited expert

Link youtube video

Rights and responsibilities of test users

Discussion

May 6th – 3 pm EST

 

Q&A

May 13th – 3 pm EST

Mary Gauvain

Psychological testing and assessment

Discussion

TBD

Q&A

TBD

Anita Hubley

Workplace testing and credentialing

Q&A

June 10th– 3 pm EST

Susan Davis-Becker

Educational testing and assessment

Discussion

TBD

 

Q&A

TBD

TBD

 

Uses of test for program evaluation, policy studies and accountability

 

Discussion

TBD

 

 

Q&A

TBD

TBD

 

The study group is open for graduate students, professionals with less than 1 year since their graduation, and other professionals on a case-by-case basis. Please fill the following form https://forms.gle/33pt4QELmWaVcX7d8 or send an email to Sergio Araneda (saraneda@umass.edu) if you are interested in participating in this initiative.

At the end of this study group, an informal certificate/letter will be emitted for the ones that showed a good amount of participation in the group, acknowledging their assistance.