This time-honored work provides the most useful tools for accurate assessment of students and how well the goals of curricula are met in this thorough re-orientation of Modern Educational Measurement. Overhauled to approach the topic from the perspective of the people in the trenches who must master the uses and abuses of testing methods and assessment instruments, this book offers timely, well-documented, and extremely practical information on this important subject. Further, it presents the material in a way that makes it more interesting and engaging than other texts on the market. In addition, the author's personal, engaging, and humorous writing style brings the subject matter to life and helps readers maintain their interest in the material. The book aims to help educational leaders, the administrators and the teachers who must grapple with the problems and the methods of assessment in order to improve educational practices for students everywhere. Follows a logical and developmental framework that takes readers from a general overview of the significance of assessment in education, to a discussion of how to evaluate the usefulness of different measurement strategies, to hands-on advice on how to construct accurate and effective assessment instruments, to a perceptive overview of the dos and don'ts of the field. Designed for anyone interested in Educational Measurement and Evaluation, Assessment, and Testing.
Designed to help educational leaders decide why, when, and how to assess students, this largely overhauled edition (in this reviewer's hand in summer 1999, with a 2000 copyright date) emphasizes the practical aspects of the measurement process from beginning to end. Includes all the usual pedagogical tools but distinguishes itself somewhat with its amusing but well-written style. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)