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Ethical Conflicts in Standardized Tests
An analysis of the ethical conflicts that arise in assessing individuals with standardized tests.
# 115832 | 2,286 words | 17 sources | APA | 2005 | NZ
Published on Aug 13, 2009 in Psychology (Testing) , Ethics (General)

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This paper discusses how, although standardized testing is increasingly used as a device to make important decisions in many different areas, including clinical, educational and industrial settings, the dangers of the tests are often underestimated. The paper relates that the underestimation of the dangers of standardised testing interferes with test takers' human right as the test scores lead to important consequences on individual test takers. The paper then argues that educating all people who are dealing with standardized testing about practical issues of psychological assessment and the ethical principles may play a key role in resolving the contradiction between privacy and reliable assessment of human psychological characteristics.

From the Paper:

"A number of standardised psychological tests are now developed in many different countries as a part of the scientific basis of psychological assessments. However, there still seem to be many unsolved ethical conflicts between test takers' rights including privacy and reliability of the assessments. Historically, the testing movement has taken its pride in the scientific character that is reliability of the measurements, no matter which administrators gives the tests. Although standardised tests are constructed scientifically, they are reliable and valid under specified circumstances (Fischer, 1994). This suggests that standardized tests should be interpreted by the results obtained in the same test circumstances and the instructions. It also requires an accurate judgment about whether test norms are appropriate to new test takers. "

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