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Newton, Paul E. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2020
Educational assessment involves eliciting, transmitting, and receiving information concerning the level of proficiency of a learner in a specified domain. With that in mind, it is perhaps surprising that the literature seems to make very little use of the signal processing metaphor. The present article begins by making a general case for greater…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Student Evaluation, Evaluative Thinking, Test Validity
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Rios, Joseph A.; Ihlenfeldt, Samuel D.; Dosedel, Michael; Riegelman, Amy – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2020
This systematic review investigated the topics studied and reporting practices of published meta-analyses in educational measurement. Our findings indicated that meta-analysis is not a highly utilized methodological tool in educational measurement; on average, less than one meta-analysis has been published per year over the past 30 years (28…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Educational Assessment, Test Format, Testing Accommodations
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Bennett, Randy E. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
This article is a written adaptation of the Presidential address I gave at the NCME annual conference in April 2018. The article describes my thoughts on the future of assessment. I discuss eleven likely characteristics of future tests and, for each characteristic, why I think it is important and what to watch with respect to it. Next, I outline…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Trends, Tests, Trend Analysis
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Jerrim, John; Parker, Philip; Choi, Alvaro; Chmielewski, Anna Katyn; Sälzer, Christine; Shure, Nikki – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is an important international study of 15-olds' knowledge and skills. New results are released every 3 years, and have a substantial impact upon education policy. Yet, despite its influence, the methodology underpinning PISA has received significant criticism. Much of this criticism has…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Comparative Education, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries
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Wind, Stefanie A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
In this digital ITEMS module, we introduce the framework of nonparametric item response theory (IRT), in particular Mokken scaling, which can be used to evaluate fundamental measurement properties with less strict assumptions than parametric IRT models. We walk through the key distinction between parametric and nonparametric models, introduce the…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Nonparametric Statistics, Item Response Theory, Scaling
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Rutkowski, David; Rutkowski, Leslie; Liaw, Yuan-Ling – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
Participation in international large-scale assessments has grown over time with the largest, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), including more than 70 education systems that are economically and educationally diverse. To help accommodate for large achievement differences among participants, in 2009 PISA offered…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Foreign Countries, Achievement Tests, Secondary School Students
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Vijver, Fons J. R. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
A conceptual framework of measurement bias in cross-cultural comparisons, distinguishing between construct, method, and item bias (differential item functioning), is used to describe a methodological framework addressing assessment of noncognitive variables in international large-scale studies. It is argued that the treatment of bias, coming from…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, International Assessment
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Shepard, L. A.; Penuel, W. R.; Pellegrino, J. W. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2018
To support equitable and ambitious teaching practices, classroom assessment design must be grounded in a research-based theory of learning. Compared to other theories, sociocultural theory offers a more powerful, integrative account of how motivational aspects of learning--such as self-regulation, self-efficacy, sense of belonging, and…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Formative Evaluation, Grading, Learning Theories
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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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Wind, Stefanie A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2017
Mokken scale analysis (MSA) is a probabilistic-nonparametric approach to item response theory (IRT) that can be used to evaluate fundamental measurement properties with less strict assumptions than parametric IRT models. This instructional module provides an introduction to MSA as a probabilistic-nonparametric framework in which to explore…
Descriptors: Probability, Nonparametric Statistics, Item Response Theory, Scaling
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Sinharay, Sandip – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2016
Data mining methods for classification and regression are becoming increasingly popular in various scientific fields. However, these methods have not been explored much in educational measurement. This module first provides a review, which should be accessible to a wide audience in education measurement, of some of these methods. The module then…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Information Retrieval, Classification, Regression (Statistics)
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Davenport, Ernest C.; Davison, Mark L.; Liou, Pey-Yan; Love, Quintin U. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2016
The main points of Sijtsma and Green and Yang in Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (34, 4) are that reliability, internal consistency, and unidimensionality are distinct and that Cronbach's alpha may be problematic. Neither of these assertions are at odds with Davenport, Davison, Liou, and Love in the same issue. However, many authors…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Reliability, Validity, Test Construction
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Polikoff, Morgan S.; Zhou, Nan; Campbell, Shauna E. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2015
With the recent adoption of the Common Core standards in many states, there is a need for quality information about textbook alignment to standards. While there are many existing content analysis procedures, these generally have little, if any, validity or reliability evidence. One exception is the Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (SEC), which has…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Content Analysis, Textbook Evaluation
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Gotch, Chad M.; French, Brian F. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2014
This work systematically reviews teacher assessment literacy measures within the context of contemporary teacher evaluation policy. In this study, the researchers collected objective tests of assessment knowledge, teacher self-reports, and rubrics to evaluate teachers' work in assessment literacy studies from 1991 to 2012. Then they evaluated…
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Objective Tests, Measurement Techniques, Scoring Rubrics
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Gierl, Mark J.; Lai, Hollis – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2013
Changes to the design and development of our educational assessments are resulting in the unprecedented demand for a large and continuous supply of content-specific test items. One way to address this growing demand is with automatic item generation (AIG). AIG is the process of using item models to generate test items with the aid of computer…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Test Items, Automation, Computer Assisted Testing
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