Course Details

Course TitleAPA 2019 - 142: Ethics, Test Standards, and Test Interpretation: Measurement Matters
Date 8/10/2019
Provider2019 APA Convention
Credit Hours7
Instructor(s)Gary L. Canivez, PhD
Method of InstructionWorkshop/Seminar
Approving AgencyAPA
Course Syllabus

Course Description

This intermediate workshop improves knowledge and application of professional ethics and test standards impacting test interpretation by increasing the knowledge and application of measurement principles to tests/assessment methods used in psychological assessment. Ethical standards and scientific principles that provide the foundation and specific research methods for empirically supported interpretation practices are discussed for tests of intelligence, psychopathology, achievement, and other measures. Participants will be better able to critically evaluate test manuals, interpretation guides, the Mental Measurements Yearbook, and the literature.

Course Objectives

1. Articulate how ethics and test standards apply to test selection, administration, and interpretation.
2. Describe why measurement principles are important to consider in the selection, administration, and interpretation of psychological tests.
3. Apply the four broad measurement principles (reliability, validity, utility, norms) that provide the foundation for test score/discrepancy interpretations.
4. Apply the four basic approaches to test score reliability (internal consistency, stability, equivalence, interrater agreement) in judging score adequacy.
5. Apply at least five of the major approaches to assessing test score validity in judging the adequacy of psychological test scores and inferences.
6. Articulate the difference between test score validity (group application) and predictive or diagnostic utility (individual application).
7. Explain the importance of test norms for judging the applicability and use of psychological tests and various standard errors of measurement.