ERIC Number: EJ1104517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Reference Count: 41
Validating Test Score Meaning and Defending Test Score Use: Different Aims, Different Methods
Cizek, Gregory J.
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v23 n2 p212-225 2016
Advances in validity theory and alacrity in validation practice have suffered because the term "validity" has been used to refer to two incompatible concerns: (1) the degree of support for specified interpretations of test scores (i.e. intended score meaning) and (2) the degree of support for specified applications (i.e. intended test uses). This article provides a brief summary of current validity theory, explication of a critical flaw in the current conceptualisation of validity, and a framework that both accommodates and differentiates validation of test score inferences and justification of test use.
Descriptors: Scores, Definitions, Evaluation Utilization, Data Interpretation, Test Validity, Program Validation, Educational Theories, Inferences, Relevance (Education), Schematic Studies, Correlation, Evidence, Educational Objectives
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