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When the Association for Assessment in Counseling was formed as the American Personnel and Guidance Association (April, 1965), its initial Bylaws declared its purpose to be:

The purpose of AMEG, as originally defined, shall be to provide leadership in measurement and evaluation within the framework of APGA.  To achieve this purpose, AMEG shall:

  1. Provide a forum for the discussion of ethical, social, and technical problems related to  measurement and evaluation within the guidance area.
  2. Improve the standards of professional service in the field of measurement and evaluation in guidance by:
    1. Identifying problems and concerns relating to the use of tests and other evaluative devices within the guidance area;
    2. Stimulating research and developmental activities relating to these problems; and
    3. Disseminating the results of research relating to the development of new devices and techniques in measurement and evaluation with practical significance for the guidance fields.
  3. Promote better communication between the producers of measurement and evaluation devices and consumers working in the guidance area.
  4. Promote greater technical competency in the use and interpretation of measurement and evaluation devices in guidance work.

 Bruce Thompson presented a review of the Division's history in the January/February, 1992, issue of the Journal of Counseling and Development.  Since its inception in 1965, AACE as an organization and many of its individual members have assumed national leadership roles in promoting responsible use of measurement instruments, including their selection, administration, scoring, interpretation, and communication.  AACE has been represented on major groups engaged in the development of standards for measurement and evaluation, including the AACED/AMECD position statement on the Responsibilities of Users of Standardized Tests, the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation's statement of standards for evaluation of educational programs, projects and materials, and the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP).

 In 1974, AMEG published its first monograph, "The Forest, Trees, Branches, and Leaves, Revisited: Norm, Domain, Objective, and Criterion-Referenced Assessments for Educational Assessment and Evaluation," by J. Richard Harsh.  In 1978, with NVGA, AMEG co-sponsored publication of a series of monographs on "How to Improve Career Development Programs" based on analyses of the results of the Career and Occupational Development Tests of the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

 In October, 1980, the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development Statement on "Legislation Affecting Testing for Selection in Educational and Occupational Programs" was published.  In December, 1981, "PRO-TEST, A Response From the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development," edited by Donald G. Zytowski, appeared in the Fall issue of NEWSNOTES.

 Continuing this long history, in March, 1993, AACE published its booklet, "Multicultural Assessment Standards:  A Compilation for Counselors," edited by Dale Prediger.

 AACE has flourished and has expanded its sphere of  professional influence under the leadership of its presidents.  These presidents have been:

 

1965-1966

1966-1967

1967-1968

1968-1969

1969-1970

 

Harold Seashore

Benjamin Shimberg

Leo Goldman

Walter Durost

Warren Findley

 

The Psychological Corporation

 Educational Testing Service

City University of New York

University of New Hampshire

University of Georgia

 

1970-1971

1971-1972

1972-1973

1973-1974

1974-1975

 

Robert Stoughton

James Ricks

Gene Wysong

Frank Womer

Esther Diamond

 

Conn. State Dept. of Education

The Psychological Corporation

University of Toledo

University of Michigan

Science Research Associates

 

1975-1976

1976-1977

1977-1978

1978-1979

1979-1980

 

Anita Mitchell

Charles Dolan

Frank Biasco

William Mehrens

Donald Zytowski

 

Southwest Regional Laboratory

University of Bridgeport

University of West Florida

Michigan State University

Iowa State University

 

1980-1981

1981-1982

1982-1983

1983-1984

1984-1985

 

Muriel Thomson

William Schafer

Larry Loesch

Donald Hood

John Stewart

 

Los Angeles County Schools

University of Maryland

University of Florida

Educational Testing Service

CTB/McGraw-Hill

 

1985-1986

1986-1987

1987-1988

1988-1989

1989-1990

 

Alan Robertson

George Grisdale

Jane Myers

Jo-Ida C. Hansen

Charles Eberly

 

City University of New York

Oakland Schools, Pontiac, Mich.

University of Florida

University of Minnesota

Eastern Illinois University

 

1990-1991

1991-1992

1992-1993

1993-1994

1994-1995

 

Bruce Thompson

Patricia B. Elmore

Marjorie M. Mastie

Dale J. Prediger

Thomas F. Harrington

 

Texas A & M University

Southern Illinois University

Washtenaw Int. School District

American College Testing

Northeastern University

 

1995-1996

1996-1997

1997-1998

1998-1999

1999-2000

 

Nicholas A. Vacc

Joseph R. Kandor

F. Robert Wilson

Timothy Vansickle

John Fremer

 

Univ. of North Carolina - Greensboro

State Univ. of New York - Brockport

University of Cincinnati

Riverside Publishing

Educational Testing Service

 

2000-2001

2001-2002

2002-2003

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

Gerald A. Junke

Patrica Jo McDivitt

Janet Wall

Bradley Erford

David Lundberg

Brian Glaser

Univ. of North Carolina - Greensboro

Harcourt Educational Measurement

Sage Solutions

Loyola College, Maryland

North Carolina A&T State University

University of Georgia


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