Special sessions

SPECIAL SESSION 1

Tuesday, 3rd July

11.00 - 12.15

Room: Mauritszaal

The ITC Guidelines: Past, Present, Future

 

Chair

Dragos Iliescu (Testcentral, Romania)

 

Panellists

Dragos Iliescu (Testcentral, Romania)

- The ITC Guidelines - Introduction to the developing saga

Ron Hambleton (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA)

- The ITC Guidelines on Adapting Tests (second edition)

Dave Bartram (SHL, UK)

- The ITC Guidelines on Test Use

Iain Coyne (Nottingham University, UK)

- The ITC Guidelines on Computer-Based and Internet-delivered Testing

Avi Allalouf (NITE, Israel)

- The ITC Guidelines on Quality Control in Scoring, Test Analysis and Reporting of Test Scores

Dave Foster (Kryterion, USA)

- The ITC Guidelines for Quality Control

Alina von Davier (ETS, USA)

- The ITC Guidelines for Tests for Non-native speakers

 

The ITC Guidelines are one of the primary and most celebrated products of the International Test Commission. The ITC Guidelines are targeted at members, but also at psychological associations and practitioners who are not ITC members. They are written for an international audience and with the specific intent to set clear references for best practices in the domain of tests and testing. This session aims to present the scope and usage, impact and possible evolutions of the already existing and of the upcoming ITC Guidelines.

The ITC Guidelines on Test Use will presented by Dave Bartram. The ITC Guidelines on Computer-Based and Internet-delivered Testing will be presented by Iain Coyne. Ron Hambleton will focus on the upcoming second edition of the ITC Guidelines on Adapting Tests. Avi Allalouf will present on the ITC Guidelines on Quality Control in Scoring, Test Analysis and Reporting of Test Scores, a document wich is already on public discussion and which will be probably published by the ITC in 2012. Dave Foster will present on the ITC Guidelines for Quality Control, and Alina von Davier on the ITC Guidelines for Tests for Non-native speakers. These two guidelines are still under construction and the two presenters will focus on challenges, intentions and evolutions in these two domains.

 

 

SPECIAL SESSION 2

Wednesday, 4th July

11.00 - 12.15

Room: Mauritszaal

Test User Qualification in Europe: the work of the EFPA Board of Assessment

 

Chair

Dave Bartram (Convener of the EFPA Board of Assessment)

 

Panellists (members of the EFPA Test User Accreditation Committee)

Ana Hernandez (Spain)

Patricia Lindley (UK)

Sverre Nielsen (Norway)

Eva Bergvall (Sweden)

Lars Michaelsen (Denmark)

 

This session will focus on development by the EFPA Standing Committee on Tests and Testing (SCTT) of standards for test user qualification. The SCTT has developed a set of test user standards and a qualification model that defines three levels of user - the Chair will outline the details in the session. SCTT also set up a Test User Accreditation Committee (TUAC) to pilot the accreditation of national test user qualification arrangements that cover the content of the EFPA standards and meet its quality assurance requirements in the national awarding arrangements. TUAC has focused on Level 2 qualifications for occupational test users. Between 2009 and 2011 the UK revised its qualification procedures for occupational test users to meet the EFPA Level 2 standard. The work involved in this and the final accreditation by EFPA of this will be described Dr Lindley who led the UK initiative.

The SCTT has now been re-formed as the Board of Assessment. The implications of this for broadening the focus from test use to assessment will be discussed. In the meantime TUAC continues its work on accreditation of Level 2 test user qualifications. Other country initiatives will be commented on by members of the panel.

 

Format of the session

The Chair will outline the steps taken within EFPA leading to the establishment of the Test User Accreditation Committee and the relationship of TUAC to the new Board of Assessment.

Pat Lindley will comment on the implementation of the European Accredited Level 2 test user qualification in the UK and other panellists will comment on developments in their countries.

 

 

SPECIAL SESSION 3

Wednesday, 4th July

15.45 - 17.00

Room: Mauritszaal

ISO10667: A Standard for Assessment in Work and Organizational Settings

 

Chair

Dave Bartram, SHL Group Ltd., (UK).

 

Panellists

Anders Sjoberg (Stockholm University, Sweden)

Marise Born (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Wayne Camara (College Board, USA)

Sverre Nielsen (Norwegian Psychological Association, Norway)

 

This panel will highlight the major aspects of the standard and explore their implications for assessment work. Specifically, the panel will describe the content of ISO 10667 and discuss its major implications. The chair will provide a briefing outlining the background to the development of the standard and its structure. Each panellist will provide an overview of the contents of a section and highlight the implications for practice. The chair will guide the panel and the audience in an exploration of ways in which the standard might be used within our practice as assessment providers to educate clients and improve quality. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion of implications. The session will close with an exploration of the opportunities the new standard creates.

 

 

SPECIAL SESSION 4

Thursday, 5th July

10.30 - 11.45

Room: Mauritszaal

European Federation of Psychologists' Associations (EFPA) Survey on Tests and Testing

 

Chair

José Muñiz, University of Oviedo, Spain.

 

Panellists

Giulia Balboni & Alessandra Coscarelli (Italy)

Carmen Hagemeister (Germany)

Andrei Ion (Romania)

Lars Michaelsen (Denmark)

 

This panel will highlight the major aspects of the EFPA Survey results, and explore their implications for improving testing practices in European countries. The panel will describe the contents of the survey, and discuss its major implications. The chair will provide a general view of the survey, its origins and goals. Each panellist will provide an overview of the results obtained in his/her country, underlining the main results, the difficulties found, and possible implications for testing practices. The chair will guide the panel and the audience in the analysis of the survey results, discussing possible changes for future editions. Special attention will be paid to the changes to be introduced in the survey in order to include new technologies impact on psychological assessment. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

 

 

 

Important Dates and Deadlines

Conference Dates:

July 3-5, 2012

July 2, 2012 (Pre-Conference Workshops)

 

Deadlines:

Submissions are now closed since 20 January 2012

Early bird registration has been closed on 15 April 2012

 

Second announcement of conference:

Download 2nd Announcement 8th Conference of the ITC

 

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DIAMOND SPONSORS:

 

GMAC

 

NIP

 

SHL

 

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PLATINUM SPONSORS:

 

BPS

 

BUROS

 

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