Ethical concerns emanating from the application of technology to assessment practices are not new. However, these issues became more immediate and more salient with the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Many school-based practitioners had few options other than using remote techniques to conduct mandated psychoeducational evaluations of students. There is nothing inherently wrong—or right—about remote assessments, yet the recent sudden and accelerated use of these techniques calls for circumspection. This webinar addresses ethical dilemmas and limitations associated with the use of remote techniques in conducting psychoeducational evaluations. The discussion reviews evidence concerning the use of remote measures and the comparability of results across assessments conducted remotely and in-person and is grounded in ethical principles promulgated by relevant professional bodies, including the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. Recommendations and implications for professional practice are offered.
**This session is free to all those who registered for the
MSPA Midwinter 2022 conference.**
1. Identify core ethical concerns associated with virtual/remote testing practices
2. Describe the status of empirical evidence regarding virtual/remote testing
3. Provide examples of construct-irrelevant influences that are unique to virtual/remote assessment
4. Specify actions that can be implemented to mitigate ethical risks arising from virtual/remote testing practices
Dr. Janet F. Carlson serves as Associate Director and Research Professor at the Buros Center for Testing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she oversees all aspects of test reviews and information and related print and electronic publications. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University (Bronx, NY), and completed a second internship in School Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist in New York and Nebraska, and certified school psychologist in New York. Prior to her current position, she served as a tenured member of the faculty at Texas A&M University at Galveston and the State University of New York at Oswego, where she taught a variety of courses including many in ethics and in testing and assessment.
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