PUBLISHED:
March 2014

Date for review:
March 2017

Authors/Contributors


Declan Fitzgerald Ciara Farrell


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Best Practice, Ethical and Legal Considerations in Psychometric Testing for Guidance Counsellors


Abstract

Over the last twenty years there has been a notable increase in the popularity of psychometric testing in both occupational and educational settings. This increase in popularity has led to the proliferation of diverse psychometric tests and testing internationally. The last twenty years has also seen a convergence in what is seen as best practice. The current article aims to provide test users in Irish secondary schools with a broad perspective on best practice in using psychometric tests based on international best practice standards. These standards highlight the importance of managing the testing process, to ensure clients are effectively briefed on the strengths and limitations of tests and debriefed on the meaning of their scores.

The effective management of the testing process ensures students can realistically interpret psychometric test information and are effectively prepared for future encounters with psychometric testing. This article will explore best practice standards within an international context and highlight potential ethical and legal considerations, pertinent to the use of psychometric tests in Irish post-primary schools. 

Further Recommended Reading

Video Role Play: Provision of Feedback on Psychometric Test Results by Declan Fitzgerald may be watched in conjunction with this article.  It can be found here. 

Data Protection for the Guidance Counsellor:  Issues to Plan For by Hugh Jones should be read in conjunction with this article.  It can be found here in "Leading the Guidance Programme" section. 

A guide for post-primary schools in developing a policy for the use of assessment instruments (including tests and web-based resources) is a resource developed by NCGE and can be found here.