Ethical Implications of Using Outdated Standardized Tests The Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) defines the expected ethical conduct of members and provides guidance to professionals in making appropriate decisions, including those related to ethical clinical practices. This article addresses issues and questions centered on using older versions of standardized tests after newer editions ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2008
Ethical Implications of Using Outdated Standardized Tests
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Melissa Jakubowitz
    Jakubowitz Associates, Castro Valley, CA
  • Mary Jo Schill
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND
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School-Based Settings / Professional Issues & Training / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2008
Ethical Implications of Using Outdated Standardized Tests
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2008, Vol. 9, 79-83. doi:10.1044/sbi9.2.79
SIG 16 Perspectives on School-Based Issues, June 2008, Vol. 9, 79-83. doi:10.1044/sbi9.2.79
Abstract

The Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) defines the expected ethical conduct of members and provides guidance to professionals in making appropriate decisions, including those related to ethical clinical practices. This article addresses issues and questions centered on using older versions of standardized tests after newer editions of the test or assessment protocol have been published. If the most recent edition is not available, clinicians need to decide if it is ever appropriate to use the older version, including the factors that must be considered when making such a decision. In addition, the clinician must consider how to interpret and report results and what information must be retained related to the test results. Applicable areas of the ASHA Code of Ethics are identified and discussed, and some suggestions are provided for clinicians to consider when making decision in this area of practice.

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