NASW-IA Statement on ASWB Test Disparities

The National Association of Social Workers, Iowa Chapter (NASW-IA) is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within Social Work. The release of the disparity rates in Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) testing confirmed there are barriers to building a diverse workforce. After the report, NASW-IA shared a statement from NASW on the need to address these disparities. Additionally, the Chapter wanted to do our due diligence of examining the impact on Iowans who faced financial, language, and other barriers to joining the workforce. We developed a workgroup and over a year we sought feedback, had conversations with other NASW chapters, the Iowa Board of Social Work, and combined this information into a comprehensive call to action.

Please read our statement outlining the background, current state, demands for action, and NASW-IA's commitment to moving the profession in alignment with our Code of Ethics.

The Statement can be found on the NASW-IA website.