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Ethics and Intelligence Test Interpretation: Measurement Matters

School Psychology and Counseling Program, College of William & Mary

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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Presenter:, Gary L. Canivez, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, Eastern Illinois University

Workshop Description: Intelligence tests such as the WISC–V, WAIS–IV, WPPSI–IV, WJ IV, CAS–2, and SB–5 are some of the most frequently used tests in clinical assessment. In addition, there are many methods of test interpretation that pertain to the different scores and score comparisons within and between these measures. This workshop presents review of methods used to provide empirical support for score interpretations from intelligence tests and the ethical guidelines addressing test score interpretations as well as recent published peer reviewed empirical research addressing interpretation schemes presented by the test author(s) and publishers in technical or interpretive manuals and clinical guidebooks.

Technical and interpretation manuals recommend and promote numerous interpretation methods for provided scores and numerous score comparisons. Clinical guidebooks also promote various interpretation schemes. However, what empirical evidence is offered in these manuals or books to justify the interpretations and recommendations? Weiner (1989) cogently noted, psychologists must “(a) know what their tests can do and (b) act accordingly. … Acting accordingly–that is, expressing only opinions that are consonant with the current status of validity data–is the measure of his or her ethicality” (p. 829). To follow Weiner’s advice, educational, school, and clinical psychologists must possess and apply fundamental competencies in psychological measurement and the importance of these competencies cannot be overstated for ethical assessment and clinical practice (Dawes, 2005; McFall, 2000). Professional associations such as the American Psychological Associations (APA), American Educational Research Association (AERA), the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), British Psychological Society (BPS), the International Test Commission (ITC), as well as others, are concerned with proper use of psychological tests and there are specific guidelines that address important responsibilities of both test users and test publishers (AERA, APA, NCME, 1999; BPS, 2009, 2010; ITC, 2000, 2010). Empirical evidence from different types of reliability, validity, and diagnostic utility studies; each of which address a different interpretation issue, are critically important. Unfortunately, many intelligence test technical manuals and popular interpretation guides and textbooks neglect to address many critically important psychometric research methods and published studies necessary to judge the adequacy of the different test scores (Full Scale, Broad Factor, subtests, etc.) and comparisons they promote. This workshop delineates and highlights the psychometric research methods educational, school, and clinical psychologists must consider to adequately assess the viability of the different intelligence test scores and comparisons, and provides specific examples of the latest empirical research with popular intelligence tests such as the WISC–V, WAIS–IV, WPPSI–IV, WJ IV, SB–5, CAS–2, and SB–5. Reliability, validity, and diagnostic utility of Full Scale, Broad Factor/Index, and subtest scores (as well as score comparisons) will be discussed as well as implications for, and research regarding CHC Interpretations, Cross-Battery Assessment, and Processing/Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW) schemes; facilitating more ethical use of intelligence test scores. 




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301 Monticello Ave.
The College of William & Mary, School of Education
Williamsburg, VA 23187

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)

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