ERIC Number: ED208001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Issues in Testing for Competency.
Ebel, Robert L.; Livingston, Samuel A.
NCME Measurement in Education, v12 n2 Sum 1981
This issue of Measurement in Education is presented in the form of a dialogue between Dr. Robert L. Ebel, Distinguished Professor of Educational Measurement at Michigan State University, and Dr. Samual A. Livingston, Program Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service. Alternative views on some aspects of the use of tests in assessing professional competence are presented. Livingston and Ebel direct special attention to the shortcomings and virtues of verbal knowledge, multiple-choice items, norm-referenced tests, conventional test statistics, and test validation. Livingston is more convinced of the shortcomings of the first four and the virtues of the fifth than is Ebel. Despite their differences, both agree on the need for psychometric excellence. (AL)
Descriptors: Competence, Criterion Referenced Tests, Multiple Choice Tests, Norm Referenced Tests, Professional Occupations, Statistical Analysis, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Testing Problems, Verbal Ability
National Council on Measurement in Education, USPS 823120, 1230 17th Street N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($2.50).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Measurement in Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Competency Based Assessment; Competency Based Certification; Noncognitive Attributes