Ethics and Foundational Practices in Administering Standardized Assessments
Every professional organization has a Code of Ethics. Professionals need to know what it contains, abide by the code, and practice accordingly. A code of ethics directs internal and external behaviors. The Association of Educational Therapists (AET) code of ethics was adopted by AET Executive Committee in February, 1985, reissued in October 1997, again in August 1999 and most recently in March 2015. The Code of Ethics and Standards for the Professional Practice of Educational Therapy (Association of Educational Therapists 2016) was developed through an adaptation of the code of ethics and standards for professional practice of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Permission was granted by CEC for the adaptation. Pertinent to this book is the part of the code which states that an educational therapist (ET) is “skilled in formal and informal educational assessment, synthesis of information from other specialists and from parents, and in the development and implementation of appropriate remedial programs for school-related learning and behavior problems” (Association of Educational Therapists 2016).