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FACT 9th National Meeting
Washington, D.C.
September 18, 2000

Meeting Summary
Prepared by Wendi Schweiger,
FACT Coordinator

The Ninth National Meeting of the National Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT) was held at the National Association of Social Workers headquarters office in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2000.  Ms. Mirean Coleman hosted FACT at NASW.

Tom Clawson, the co-chair of Fact and Executive Director of the National Board for Certified Counselors, opened the meeting by welcoming the 25 participants from 18 member organizations.  Dr. Clawson reviewed some of the main issues that FACT has confronted overall, especially in the last year, regarding state legislation and other issues that directly affect or are related to restricting access to testing.  He thanked outgoing coordinator, Joe Jordan, for his many contributions.  He also introduced the new coordinator, UNC-Greensboro doctoral student Wendi Schweiger.

Lorin Letrendre, co-chair of FACT, reviewed the day’s agenda with the participants and invited additions.  Mr. Letendre also reviewed the Steering Committee Agenda and results from the meeting on the evening of September 17, 2000.  These included recommendations to complete the work on the FACT Model Code of Ethics; lobbying managed care to initiate a dialogue about reimbursement for testing for all appropriate professionals; surveying major testing companies regarding their user qualifications; and investigating the possibility of conducting workshops, sponsored by FACT, aimed at training professionals in testing, and concentrating on “Level B” tests.

Joe Jordan, outgoing FACT National Coordinator, gave a report on FACT infrastructure development. He discussed the Website, the Listserv, Membership (both individuals and organizations), and the FACT budget for the past year.

The morning’s presenter, Dr. William “G” Harris, Executive Director and CEO of the Association of Test Publishers, began his talk by discussing the history and goals of the Association of Test Publishers.  Dr. Harris emphasized that ATP believes in, advocates, and lobbies for improved access to testing for the public, based on a competency model for testing practitioners.  ATP advocates that all appropriately trained professionals should have access to testing tools, which would assist in providing better services to all clients.  Dr. Harris also discussed the use of tests that are now becoming available on the World Wide Web.  ATP has drafted ethical guidelines for on-line testing that should be available for public review in early December.  For further information, see the Association of Test Publishers web page.

After lunch, Mr. Letendre chaired a discussion on State and International updates.

The afternoon presenter, Mr. Michael Nahl, a private practitioner representing the American Mental Health Counselors Association, led a group discussion to revise and improve The Model Code of Ethics that he had drafted.  The participants at the FACT meeting, along with Mr. Nahl, worked to further clarify the purpose and the content of the model ethics code.  Mr. Nahl will make the changes agreed upon by the group and then send out this latest addition to the Steering Committee for further review.  Appreciation was expressed to Mr. Nahl for his time and energy devoted to this task.

A discussion about where and when the next FACT meeting should be held took place at the end of the meeting.  It was decided that the FACT Coordinator should survey members for suggestions of the time and place for the meeting next year.


Testing Guidelines Endorsed by FACT
The FACT Board of Directors voted to endorse the International Test Commission’s International Guidelines for Test Use, edition 2000. To view the guidelines, click the following link. http://www.intestcom.org/itc_projects.htm.

2008 Membership Meeting
Current FACT members are cordially invited to attend the 2008 membership meeting of the Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT). This meeting will take place via teleconference at 11:00 am (ET) on September 15, 2008. Please follow the link for more information.

Restricted Test List Repealed in Indiana
May 17, 2007 - Legislation providing the Indiana State Psychology Board’s authority to create a restricted test list (RTL) has been repealed. HB 1821 removes language originally included in the counselor licensure law which passed in 1997. While this language has been in statute for ten years, a RTL was never successfully adopted despite multiple attempts by the Indiana Psychology Board in the last ten years. Effective July 1, 2007, this new law removes the authority of the Indiana Board of Psychology to create a Restricted Test List (RTL).

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