CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS
OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND IMPROVEMENT 
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


                             
SUBJECT: STANDARD FOR EDUCATIONAL TESTS                      
                             
EFFECTIVE DATE: 03/16/87   CES STANDARD 87-03-02
                             
PURPOSE: To ensure that educational tests produced by the CES meet professional standards of integrity. CES adopts as its standard the "primary standards" specified in Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (American Psychological Association, 1985). The standards apply to performance tests, questionnaires (such as rating scales), and behavorial observations.
                             
  o Evidence of validity should be presented for each recommended use of the test..  
                             
  o Evidence of reliability and standard errors of measurement should be presented for each recommended use of the test.    
                             
  o The procedure used to develop tests should be clearly specified.        
                             
  o Test administration should be standardized.                    
                             
  o Standardized scoring and reporting procedures should be followed.      
                             
  o Special testing conditions should be arranged for special populations of examinees.  
                             
  o The rights of test takers should be protected.                  
                             
RELATED STANDARDS:                          
                             
  o Standard for Planning Statistical Surveys, 87-01-01                
  o Standard for Testing Data Collection Instruments, 87-03-01 
o Standard for Maintaining Confidentiality, 87-04-03
           
                             
RELATED CHECKLISTS, FORMS AND DOCUMENTATION:                      
                             
  o Standards for Educational Tests Checklist
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Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing. American Psychological Association, 1985