Going into its eighth edition, this book is a classic in the field of educational measurement. It was written from the point of view of the classroom teacher to answer the question, "What does a teacher need to know about the development and evaluation of educational measures and assessments?" This book fosters an understanding of how assessment and instruction are interrelated. It also cultivates learning the techniques and skills needed to develop tests and other evaluation procedures (e.g. portfolios), as well as teaches students to understand how to evaluate the validity and reliability of tests. Unlike many books in educational measurement, this book also gives readers what they need to know to properly interpret the results from standardized achievement and scholastic aptitude tests. Topics include: test reliability and validity; meaning and application of the norms; extraneous factors that influence performance of cognitive tests; the development of educational measures; and more. Teachers, principals, and counselors.
A standard text in educational measurement, with material in three sections on basic concepts, the development of educational measures, and standardized measures. Chapters are self-contained, and Section III can be ignored when the course's emphasis is on test development. Treatment of test development reflects both norm-referenced and criterion referenced aspects. Content is not watered down to cater to the lowest common denominator. Includes chapter summaries, tests, and answers. This eighth edition is updated to reflect recent research and assessment trends, such as the use of portfolios in educational evaluations, and gives more emphasis to naturalistic assessment. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.