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Wilson, Mark – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
This article is a written version of the Presidential Address I gave at the annual meeting of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME) in April 2017. It is a call to NCME members (and others who read this, of course) to rebalance their focus so that classroom assessments are seen as being at least as important as large-scale…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Alignment (Education), Educational Practices
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Bachman, Lyle F. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2002
Describes an approach to addressing issues of validity of inferences and the extrapolation of inferences to target domains beyond the assessment for alternative assessments. Makes the case that in both language testing and educational assessment the roles of language and content knowledge must be considered, and that the design and development of…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Educational Assessment, Inferences, Performance Based Assessment
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Stiggins, Richard J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2001
Reviews the status of classroom assessment, focusing on the review of four key research summaries that describe the dismal state of classroom assessment in the past century. Cites four important developments as reasons for optimism about the future of classroom assessment and details a five-part action plan for achieving the untapped potential of…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Assessment, Educational Planning, Educational Research
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Huff, Kristen L.; Sireci, Stephen G. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2001
Discusses the potential positive and negative effects computer-based testing could have on validity, reviews the literature on validation perspectives in computer-based testing, and suggests ways to evaluate the contributions of computer-based testing to more valid measurement practices. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adaptive Testing, Computer Assisted Testing, Elementary Secondary Education, Validity
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Kolen, Michael J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2001
Discusses some practical issues in linking educational assessments, focusing on the importance of clarity of purpose when assessments are linked. Also stresses the importance of the design used to collect data for linking. Uses linking studies from a variety of situations to illustrate these points. (SLD)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Educational Assessment, Equated Scores, Research Design
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Lane, Suzanne; And Others – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1996
Gender-related differential item functioning (DIF) was examined in a context in which 3,946 middle school students received mathematics instruction focusing on problem solving. Reasons why four tasks on the performance assessment favored female students and two favored male students are discussed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Item Bias, Mathematics Achievement, Mathematics Tests, Middle School Students
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Brennan, Robert L. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1998
Explores the relationship between measurement theory and practice, considering five broad categories of: (1) models, assumptions, and terminology; (2) reliability; (3) validity; (4) scaling; and (5) setting performance standards. It must be recognized that measurement is not an end in itself. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Practices, Measurement Techniques, Models
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Benson, Jeri – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1998
Explores how a program of strong construct validation could be applied to the assessment of the construct of test anxiety, paying special attention to substantive, structural, and external aspects of construct validation. A framework is proposed to pull together various statistical methods used in construct validation research into an organized…
Descriptors: Construct Validity, Evaluation Methods, Models, Program Development
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Brennan, Robert L. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2000
Reviews some of the more salient conceptual features of generalizability (G) theory. Provides a framework for considering some misconceptions about G theory. Focuses on particularly prevalent or serious misconceptions. G theory provides a rich conceptual framework and tools for working with a defined universe, but it does not tell an investigator…
Descriptors: Generalizability Theory, Models, Research Methodology
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Haertel, Edward H. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1999
Discusses issues of validity in high-stakes testing, beginning with some purposes of a testing program and proceeding to some underlying assumptions about testing. Suggests four possible studies to address assumptions often ignored by asking various groups of people about testing. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Research Needs, Surveys
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Glaser, Robert – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1994
Beginning discussions and exploratory work on criterion-referenced measurement are reviewed in this commentary on the author's 1963 address to the American Educational Research Association on issues of measurement and the development of educational technology. Many problems foreseen at that time remain current. (SLD)
Descriptors: Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational History, Educational Research, Educational Technology
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Lam, Tony C. M.; Gordon, Wayne I. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
Findings from a state survey about practices in testing students of limited English proficiency (LEP) confirm a general lack of policies and guidelines relating to the standardized achievement testing of LEP students. Concern for LEP students in testing may reflect a general interest in bilingual education. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Administrator Role, Bilingual Education, Educational Policy
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Jaeger, Richard M.; Hendricks, Astrid Y. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1994
To help graduate students learn the ropes about publishing in educational research, this paper discusses reasons to publish and examines the types of manuscripts sought by each of the seven major educational measurement journals. A statistical contrast of these journals summarizes their differences. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Graduate Students, Guides, Higher Education
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Berk, Ronald A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1994
Researchers in the field of educational measurement need to monitor their own actions to keep their achievements in perspective. Some possible symptoms of obsession with their own significance are explored. Pride, destructive criticism, and misusing others to advance oneself are flaws researchers should strive to eradicate. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Interpersonal Relationship, Measurement Techniques, Performance
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Terwilliger, James S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1989
The process of assigning grades to students is analyzed, and a specific approach to grading is recommended that distinguishes between minimal and developmental objectives. Criterion-referenced and norm-referenced concepts are used in the approach, which is best suited for secondary school or college. (SLD)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, College Faculty, Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational Objectives
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