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Jonson, Jessica L.; Trantham, Pamela; Usher-Tate, Betty Jean – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
One of the substantive changes in the 2014 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing was the elevation of fairness in testing as a foundational element of practice in addition to validity and reliability. Previous research indicates that testing practices often do not align with professional standards and guidelines. Therefore, to raise…
Descriptors: Culture Fair Tests, Test Validity, Test Reliability, Intelligence Tests
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Camara, Wayne J.; Mattern, Krista; Croft, Michelle; Vispoel, Sara; Nichols, Paul – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
In 2018, 26 states administered a college admissions test to all public school juniors. Nearly half of those states proposed to use those scores as their academic achievement indicators for federal accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); many others are planning to use those scores for other accountability purposes.…
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, Accountability, Scores, Academic Achievement
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Zwick, Rebecca – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
Selection decisions have a major impact on our education, occupation, and quality of life, and the role of standardized tests in selection has always been a source of controversy. Here, I consider various definitions of fairness in measurement and selection--those emerging from within educational measurement and statistics, those from philosophy,…
Descriptors: Culture Fair Tests, Decision Making, Standardized Tests, Selection Criteria
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Russell, Mike; Ludlow, Larry; O'Dwyer, Laura – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
The field of educational measurement has evolved considerably since the first doctoral programs were established. In response, programs have typically tacked on courses that address newly developed theories, methods, tools, and techniques. As our review of current programs evidences, this approach produces artificial distinctions among topics and…
Descriptors: Educational Testing, Specialists, Doctoral Programs, Program Evaluation
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Wright, Daniel B. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
There is much discussion about and many policies to address achievement gaps in education among groups of students. The focus here is on a different gap and it is argued that it also should be of concern. Speed gaps are differences in how quickly different groups of students answer the questions on academic assessments. To investigate some speed…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Reaction Time, Educational Testing
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Rios, Joseph A.; Randall, Jennifer; Donnelly, Marina – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
There has long been a concern about the lack of representation of ethnic minorities in the field of educational measurement. As previous research has shown that graduate programs primarily rely on their websites for recruiting efforts, the objective of this study was to conduct a content analysis of all U.S. educational measurement program…
Descriptors: College Choice, Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, Ethnic Groups
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Mislevy, Robert J.; Oliveri, Maria Elena – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2019
In this digital ITEMS module, Dr. Robert [Bob] Mislevy and Dr. Maria Elena Oliveri introduce and illustrate a sociocognitive perspective on educational measurement, which focuses on a variety of design and implementation considerations for creating fair and valid assessments for learners from diverse populations with diverse sociocultural…
Descriptors: Educational Testing, Reliability, Test Validity, Test Reliability
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Plake, Barbara S.; Wise, Lauress L. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2014
With the 2014 publication of the 5th revision of the "Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing," the cochairs of the Joint Committee for the revision process were asked to consider the role and importance of the "Standards" for the educational testing community, and in particular for members of the National Council…
Descriptors: Standards, Educational Testing, Psychological Testing, Role
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Sireci, Stephen G.; Forte, Ellen – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
Current educational policies rely on educational assessments. However, the technical aspects of assessments are often unknown to policy makers, which is dangerous because sound assessment policy requires knowledge of the strengths and limitations of educational tests. In this article, we discuss the importance of informing policy makers of…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Psychometrics, Educational Policy, Educational Testing
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Camara, Wayne J.; Shaw, Emily J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
The measurement community needs to better understand how to interact with the media to effectively disseminate important findings from educational testing efforts. To this end, the current paper will review media coverage of educational testing and related issues and elaborate on areas of concern and opportunities for improved communication…
Descriptors: Test Results, Educational Testing, Measurement, Information Dissemination
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Bakker, Steven – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
A particular trait of the educational system under socialist reign was accountability at the input side--appropriate facilities, centrally decided curriculum, approved text-books, and uniformly trained teachers--but no control on the output. It was simply assumed that it met the agreed standards, which was, in turn, proven by the statistics…
Descriptors: Accountability, Social Problems, Ethics, Foreign Students
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Allalouf, Avi; Alderoqui-Pinus, Diana – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
This article deals with a pioneering project currently being developed, namely, the Exhibition on Testing and Measurement. This interactive traveling exhibition will be presented in science museums in Israel, the United States, and other countries. It has been conceived as an innovative means of familiarizing the public with educational…
Descriptors: Museums, Exhibits, Measurement, Testing
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Ferrara, Steve; Svetina, Dubravka; Skucha, Sylvia; Davidson, Anne H. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2011
Items on test score scales located at and below the Proficient cut score define the content area knowledge and skills required to achieve proficiency. Alternately, examinees who perform at the Proficient level on a test can be expected to be able to demonstrate that they have mastered most of the knowledge and skills represented by the items at…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Mathematics Tests, Program Effectiveness, Inferences
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Chajewski, Michael; Mattern, Krista D.; Shaw, Emily J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2011
The purpose of the current study was to examine the relationship between Advanced Placement (AP) exam participation and enrollment in a 4-year postsecondary institution. A positive relationship was expected given that the primary purpose of offering AP courses is to allow students to engage in college-level academic work while in high school, and…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, College Preparation, College Credits, Enrollment
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Roberts, Mary Roduta; Gierl, Mark J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2010
This paper presents a framework to provide a structured approach for developing score reports for cognitive diagnostic assessments ("CDAs"). Guidelines for reporting and presenting diagnostic scores are based on a review of current educational test score reporting practices and literature from the area of information design. A sample diagnostic…
Descriptors: Diagnostic Tests, Scores, Technical Writing, Cognitive Tests
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