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Su, Hong – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2020
Owing to the break-out of the COVID-19 pandemic, students have to take more online learning than offline, and large-scale education assessment programs have to be suspended or postponed. How could education assessment adapt to large-scale online learning? How could the effect and safety of online assessment be improved? What role should formative…
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Pandemics, COVID-19, Foreign Countries
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Cai, Li – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2020
Reflecting upon the experience serving on the University of California's Standardized Testing Task Force, and drawing lessons learned, I argue that the COVID-19 pandemic has merely served to accelerate the trend of US higher education institutions moving away from current standardized tests. New educational assessments will continue to be…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, College Entrance Examinations, College Admission, COVID-19
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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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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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Ho, Andrew D. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2007
State test score trends are widely interpreted as indicators of educational improvement. To validate these interpretations, state test score trends are often compared to trends on other tests such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). These comparisons raise serious technical and substantive concerns. Technically, the most…
Descriptors: Test Results, Educational Improvement, National Competency Tests, Measures (Individuals)
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Brzezinski, Evelyn J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1984
The history of microcomputer use in education is traced, from 1950 to the present, and implications for testing applications are reviewed. Future trends in statistical analysis packages, mass storage, improved graphics, and integration of components are discussed. (BW)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Software, Educational Testing
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Ward, William C. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1984
Some of the benefits available from using computers to administer the kinds of tests that are familiar in educational settings are reviewed. Four applications that represent current or near-term enhancements of assessment are discussed: computerized adaptive testing, diagnostic testing, test preparation, and administration of simulations of…
Descriptors: Adaptive Testing, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Simulation
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Hambleton, Ronald K. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1994
The rise of criterion-referenced measurement from 1970 to 1984 was an important period in test development. Since 1984 there has been less research published on criterion-referenced measurement, but there is ample evidence that the concept remains important, especially in the authentic measurement and performance assessment movements. (SLD)
Descriptors: Criterion Referenced Tests, Educational History, Educational Trends, Norm Referenced Tests
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Niemierko, Boleslaw – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1991
The experiences of Poland in educational testing are reviewed from 1918 to 1990. Trends affecting the future of educational testing in Poland are considered. Current economic and political conditions in Eastern Europe may keep educational testing in a relatively minor position as more vital national needs are addressed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Communism, Democracy, Economic Change, Educational Assessment
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Phelps, Richard P. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2000
Compiled information from 31 countries to study trends in large-scale testing. Shows a clear trend toward adding, not dropping, testing programs. Twenty-seven countries show a net increase in testing, while only three show a decrease. Fifty-nine testing programs have been added; only four have been dropped. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, International Education, International Studies
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Koretz, Daniel – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
The documented decline in test scores of the 1960s and 1970s and the unclear picture since then result from educational and noneducational factors. Aspects of the misuse of test scores are (1) simplistic interpretation of performance trends; (2) unsupported evaluations of schooling; and (3) a reductionist view of education. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational History, Educational Quality
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Mehrens, William A.; And Others – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1993
The test security policies and practices of state departments of education were investigated in a survey responded to by 46 states for 1989-90. The most detailed test security procedures have been implemented when test stakes are highest. Complex procedures are only considered cost effective in large-scale programs. (SLD)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Trends
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Rudman, Herbert C. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1993
Differences between national testing as discussed in the most recent report of the National Council on Education, Standards, and Testing, and by the Office of Technology Assessment are reviewed. National testing is not new, but the political use of nationally standardized achievement tests is a recent and dangerous trend. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, National Competency Tests
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Thio, Djien K. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1994
The growth of educational testing in the Netherlands is reviewed, and the way tests are used in elementary and secondary education is described. Educational testing in the Netherlands has been strongly connected to the existence of the National Institute for Educational Measurement (CITO). (SLD)
Descriptors: Economic Factors, Educational History, Educational Testing, Educational Trends
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Rudman, Herbert C. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1987
Possible future practices in testing are discussed, with a critique of current educational measurement. As standardized achievement tests are used for wide-ranging purposes, there will be increasing reliance on item response theory and national item banks. A national system of monitoring development and use of tests will probably emerge. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Testing, Educational Trends
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