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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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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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Packman, Sheryl; Camara, Wayne J.; Huff, Kristen – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2010
This paper provides a snapshot of educational measurement professionals--their educational, professional and demographic backgrounds, as well as their workplace settings, job tasks, professional involvement, and compensation practices. Two previous studies have surveyed employers, but this is the first attempt to conduct a comprehensive survey of…
Descriptors: Measurement, Educational Testing, Psychometrics, Compensation (Remuneration)
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Cawthon, Stephanie W. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
Students who are deaf or hard of hearing (SDHH) often use test accommodations when they participate in large-scale, standardized assessments. The purpose of this article is to present findings from the "Third Annual Survey of Assessment and Accommodations for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing". The "big five" accommodations were reported by…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Testing Accommodations, Measures (Individuals), Partial Hearing
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Nichols, Paul D.; Meyers, Jason L.; Burling, Kelly S. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
Assessments labeled as formative have been offered as a means to improve student achievement. But labels can be a powerful way to miscommunicate. For an assessment use to be appropriately labeled "formative," both empirical evidence and reasoned arguments must be offered to support the claim that improvements in student achievement can be linked…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Tutoring, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Shepard, Lorrie A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
In many school districts, the pressure to raise test scores has created overnight celebrity status for formative assessment. Its powers to raise student achievement have been touted, however, without attending to the research on which these claims were based. Sociocultural learning theory provides theoretical grounding for understanding how…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, Validity, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Perie, Marianne; Marion, Scott; Gong, Brian – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
Local assessment systems are being marketed as formative, benchmark, predictive, and a host of other terms. Many so-called formative assessments are not at all similar to the types of assessments and strategies studied by Black and Wiliam (1998) but instead are interim assessments. In this article, we clarify the definition and uses of interim…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Educational Assessment, Formative Evaluation
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Fairbairn, Shelley B.; Fox, Janna – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2009
Substantial growth in the numbers of English language learners (ELLs) in the United States and Canada in recent years has significantly affected the educational systems of both countries. This article focuses on critical issues and concerns related to the assessment of ELLs in U.S. and Canadian schools and emphasizes assessment approaches for test…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Educational Testing, Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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