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.



Study group calendar

Fall 2021

Chapter Link: online boards with notes Session Date/Time Invited expert Link: youtube video
Validity Link Discussion
Q&A 
Oct 19th – 3 pm EST
Nov 5th – 3 pm EST 

Suzanne Lane
(not available)
Link
Reliability/Precision and Errors of Measurement Link Discussion
Q&A 
Oct 29th – 3 pm EST
Nov 12th – 3 pm EST 

Robert L. Brennan
Link
Link
Fairness in Testing Link 2nd Q&A  Nov 19th – 3 pm EST
Dec 3rd  – 3 pm EST

Rebecca Zwick
Link
Link*
Test Design and Development Link Discussion
Q&A 
Dec 10th – 3 pm EST
Dec 17th – 3 pm EST

Alina von Davier
Link
Link*

* This video is available for members of the study group only.
** This video includes the audio of the session 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
Q&A 
Feb 1st – 3 pm EST
Feb 8th – 3 pm EST 

Michael J. Kolen
Link
Link
Test Administration Link Discussion
Q&A 
Feb 18th – 3 pm EST
Mar 4th – 3 pm EST

April Zenisky
Link
Link**
Fairness in Testing Link 2nd Q&A  Mar 1st – 3 pm EST Jennifer Randall Link*
Documentation Link Discussion
Q&A 
Feb 25th – 3 pm EST
Mar 11th – 3 pm EST

Stephen Sireci
Link
Link
Rights and Responsibilities of Test-takers Link Discussion
Q&A 
Mar 18th – 3 pm EST
Mar 28th – 3 pm EST

Akil Bello
Link
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 Link Discussion
Q&A 
May 6th  – 3 pm EST
May 13th – 3 pm EST 

Mary Gauvain
Link
Link *
Psychological testing and assessment Link Discussion
Q&A 
May 19th – 10 am EST
June 10th – 1 pm EST

Anita Hubley
Link
Link
Workplace testing and credentialing Link Discussion
Q&A 
May 26th – 10 am EST
June 10th – 3 pm EST

Susan Davis-Becker
Link
Link
Educational testing and assessment Link Discussion
Q&A 
June 16th – 10 am EST
June 24th – 3 pm EST

Michael Walker 
Uses of test for program evaluation, policy studies, and accountability Link Discussion
Q&A 
June 30th – 10 am EST
July 7th – 10 am EST

Laura Hamilton
Validity Link 2nd Q&A
3rd Q&A 
July 5th -  10 am EST
July 12th -  10 am EST
Denny Borsboom
Ezekiel Dixon-Roman
Fairness in Testing Link 3rd Q&A  July 14th – 3 pm EST Joan Herman

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

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.