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Randall, Jennifer; Sireci, Stephen; Li, Xueming; Kaira, Leah – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
As access and reliance on technology continue to increase, so does the use of computerized testing for admissions, licensure/certification, and accountability exams. Nonetheless, full computer-based test (CBT) implementation can be difficult due to limited resources. As a result, some testing programs offer both CBT and paper-based test (PBT)…
Descriptors: Science Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, Scores, Test Bias
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Kingston, Neal; Nash, Brooke – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
In their critique of Kingston and Nash (2011), Briggs, Ruiz-Primo, Furtak, Shepard, and Yin (2012) make several major points. First, Kingston and Nash's conclusions about the state of research on the efficacy of formative assessment are similar to other researchers, "including some of the authors." Second, their research may be unique in that they…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Meta Analysis, Effect Size, Research Methodology
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Briggs, Derek C.; Ruiz-Primo, Maria Araceli; Furtak, Erin; Shepard, Lorrie; Yin, Yue – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
In a recent article published in "EM:IP," Kingston and Nash report on the results of a meta-analysis on the efficacy of formative assessment. They conclude that the average effect of formative assessment on student achievement is about 0.20 SD units. This would seem to dispel the myth that effects between 0.40 and 0.70 can be attributed to…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Outcome Measures, Meta Analysis, Inferences
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Finney, Sara J.; Pastor, Dena A. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
To address the shortage of professionals in measurement, it is essential that we make young career-seekers aware that measurement is an option as a profession. In this paper, we discuss how creating a strong pipeline of students into our field involves personal interactions between faculty representing the graduate programs in measurement and…
Descriptors: Recruitment, Labor Market, Labor Supply, Supply and Demand
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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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Zenisky, April L.; Hambleton, Ronald K. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
Test scores matter these days. Test-takers want to understand how they performed, and test score reports, particularly those for individual examinees, are the vehicles by which most people get the bulk of this information. Historically, score reports have not always met the examinees' information or usability needs, but this is clearly changing…
Descriptors: Scores, Psychometrics, Test Results, Usability
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Bandalos, Deborah L.; Kopp, Jason P. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
In this article, we discuss the importance of measurement literacy and some issues encountered in teaching introductory measurement courses. We present results from a survey of introductory measurement instructors, including information about the topics included in such courses and the amount of time spent on each. Topics that were included by the…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Motivation Techniques, Item Analysis, Test Theory
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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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Mislevy, Robert J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
This article presents the author's observations on Neil Dorans's NCME Career Award Address: "The Contestant Perspective on Taking Tests: Emanations from the Statue within." He calls attention to some points that Dr. Dorans made in his address, and offers his thoughts in response.
Descriptors: Testing, Test Reliability, Psychometrics, Scores
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Dorans, Neil J. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
Views on testing--its purpose and uses and how its data are analyzed--are related to one's perspective on test takers. Test takers can be viewed as learners, examinees, or contestants. I briefly discuss the perspective of test takers as learners. I maintain that much of psychometrics views test takers as examinees. I discuss test takers as a…
Descriptors: Testing, Test Theory, Item Response Theory, Test Reliability
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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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Crisp, Victoria – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
In the United Kingdom, the majority of national assessments involve human raters. The processes by which raters determine the scores to award are central to the assessment process and affect the extent to which valid inferences can be made from assessment outcomes. Thus, understanding rater cognition has become a growing area of research in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Scores, Protocol Analysis, Social Influences
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Goldberg, Gail Lynn – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
The engagement of teachers as raters to score constructed response items on assessments of student learning is widely claimed to be a valuable vehicle for professional development. This paper examines the evidence behind those claims from several sources, including research and reports over the past two decades, information from a dozen state…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Performance Based Assessment, Scoring, Professional Development
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Ing, Marsha; Webb, Noreen M. – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2012
Large-scale observational measures of classroom practice increasingly focus on opportunities for student participation as an indicator of instructional quality. Each observational measure necessitates making design and coding choices on how to best measure student participation. This study investigated variations of coding approaches that may be…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Student Participation, Measures (Individuals), Inferences
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