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Cizek, Gregory J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2003
Responds to critiques of an earlier article on the unintended consequences of high-stakes testing. Reiterates the need to look for positive as well as negative consequences of high stakes testing and calls for balance between the role of large-scale assessment in identifying achievement deficits and the responsibility educational systems have to…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Rich, William – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2003
Discusses current high-stakes standardized testing policy in response to G. Cizek through analogy with the policies of Chairman Mao in China and the decision to build the Maginot Line in France after World War I. Lessons from these events show that high-stakes policies skew outcomes and present high risk. (SLD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Camilli, Gregory – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2003
Although G. Cizek's article balances positive consequences for high-stakes testing against anti-testing criticisms, there is no evidence that high-stakes testing per se has substantial positive consequences. There is, however, optimism that aligned educational systems with testing as a component may lead to higher levels of student achievement.…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests
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Crocker, Linda – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2002
Introduces the articles of this theme issue focusing on the involvement of key stakeholder groups in the validation of large-scale high-stakes assessments. Each makes a unique but complementary contribution to the understanding of the demands of a comprehensive validation effort. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, High Stakes Tests, Performance Based Assessment, Stakeholders
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Pellegrino, James W. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2000
Takes issue with support of the standard setting process of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) advanced by critics of the evaluation of the standard setting process by the National Academy of Sciences and asserts that the achievement level descriptions developed for the NAEP no longer adhere to policy statements defining the…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation, Standard Setting (Scoring)
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Hambleton, Ronald K.; Brennan, Robert L.; Brown, William; Dodd, Barbara; Forsyth, Robert A.; Mehrens, William A.; Nellhaus, Jeff; Reckase, Mark; Rindone, Douglas; van der Linden, Wim J.; Zwick, Rebecca – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2000
Responds to a negative evaluation of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and asserts that a review of the evidence for the NAEP performance standards indicates that there is support for the current approach to NAEP standard setting. Considers the scholarship of the NAS evaluation…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Program Evaluation, Standard Setting (Scoring)
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Chronbach, Lee J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1989
The book reviewed is a compendium of current thinking about measurement theory and test use. It includes content by 26 authors at 3 levels: (1) accessible to educators, policy makers, and graduate students; (2) suited for technical students; and (3) written for qualified measurement specialists. Strengths and weaknesses are noted. (SLD)
Descriptors: Book Reviews, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Techniques
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Stone, Clement A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1992
TESTAT is a supplementary module for the popular SYSTAT statistical package for the personal computer. The program performs test analyses based on classical test theory and item response theory. Limitations and advantages are discussed. (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Software Evaluation, Error of Measurement, Item Response Theory
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Brookhart, Susan M. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1995
A strength of this exploration of testing and test use in the United States is the concern for how tests affect student conceptions of learning and student relation to knowledge. A weakness is a persistent confounding of classroom and large-scale assessment for state and national purposes. (SLD)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Occupational Tests, Test Construction
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Bernstein, Lawrence; Liu, Mei – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1989
FINDIT Version 2.20--a database-retrieval software application to assist researchers/users in locating references in the "Journal of Educational Measurement" and "Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice" from 1975 to 1988--is reviewed. The system includes a cumulative index of citations and search/retrieval software.…
Descriptors: Computer Software, Databases, Indexes, Information Retrieval
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Stone, Clement A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1989
MicroCAT version 3.0--an integrated test development, administration, and analysis system--is reviewed in this first article of a series on testing software. A framework for comparing testing software is presented. The strength of this package lies in the development, banking, and administration of items composed of text and graphics. (SLD)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Software, Computer Software Reviews, Data Analysis
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Kessel, Cathy; Linn, Marcia C. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 1996
Studies of student performance on entrance examinations and in high school and college courses are reviewed, and the validity of entrance examinations is studied. Scores tend to underpredict grades of females relative to those of males in mathematics courses. Possible explanations and the reform of mathematics education are discussed. (SLD)
Descriptors: College Entrance Examinations, College Students, Grades (Scholastic), Higher Education