Ethical and Legal Issues

| June 19, 2015

Ethical and Legal Issues

Highlight each question and discuss the answer (1 and one half page for discussion question 1) (1and 1/2 page)
Prompt
Considering the responsibilities and rights of test takers and test users, discuss the following:
1)  Why it is important to have ethical and legal standards for testing.
2)   What knowledge, skills, and abilities are necessary for competent test use?
3)  What are the standards regarding confidentiality and privacy of test taker information, test scores, and test interpretation?
4)  What do you feel is the most important responsibility of a test user and why?
Please be sure to support your discussion with only the information provided from the AERA (2000) book, APA (2011, 2010) websites, and the Turner, DeMers, Fox, & Reed (2001) article.

Articles for discussion question 1:
American Psychological Association (2011). Testing and assessment. Available:  http://www.apa.org/science/testing.html
American Psychological Association. (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Standard 9: Assessment. Available:http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx
Turner, S. M., DeMers, S. T, Fox, H. R. & Reed, G. (2001). APA’s guidelines for test user qualifications: An executive summary. American Psychologist, 56(12), 1099-1113. Doi: 10.1037/0003-

066X.56.12.1

Discussion Question 2
Multicultural Considerations in Testing
Highlight each question and discuss the answer (1 and one half page for discussion question 1) (1and 1/2 page)
Prompt
Due to the increasing linguistic and cultural diversity in the United States population, psychologists have experienced more and more challenges related to communication, comprehension, and

translation. These issues have had a significant impact on the selection of tests available, standardized administration of the tests, and interpretation of the results. Conduct a literature search

(through Proquest, Ebsco Host, etc.) and review one -two articles on multicultural issues and standardized test use with a particular ethnic or cultural population of your choice (for example,

Native Americans, English Language Learners, etc.).

1)  What are some of the cultural, language, family, ethnic, and other factors that a test user should take into consideration when selecting a particular test, administering a test, and

interpreting test scores for this population?
Articles
Van de Vijver, F. J. R & Phalet, K. (2004). Assessment in multicultural groups: The role of acculturation. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 53(2), 215-236. Doi: 10.1111/j.1464-

0597.2004.00169.x.

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