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1 An Introduction to Educational Testing and Measurement Concordia UniversityCAI 5323 Assessment & EvaluationKubiszyn, T. & G. Borich (2003). Educational Testing and Measurement: ClassroomApplication & Practice, 9th Edition, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
2 Tests are only toolsTools can be appropriately used or intentionally abusedTools can be well designed or poorly designedTools in the hands of ill-trained or inexperienced users can be dangerous
3 Quick Review Validity: Reliability: Does the test measure what it is supposed to measure?Reliability:Will this test yield stable scores over repeated administrations?
4 Test are not infallible; Usefulness varies No test meets “one size fits all”We often talk validity and reliability without considering its usefulness.Usefulness can be affected by…Different purposesDifferent populations
5 Measurement thoughtAnything that appears in numerical form seems reassuringly scientific; if the numbers are getting larger over time, we must be making progress.Right???? Not always!
6 Testing v. Assessment Process Tests (assessments): Typically occur on a single day and may or not include remediation and retest.Assessment Process: Includes multiple sources and may span the entire semester and/or school year.
7 Something to think about… The assessment process should be viewed as more of a movie than a snapshot.
8 As a teacher what is unique about your assessment process? Socratic MomentAs a teacher what is unique about your assessment process?
9 Socratic MomentAs a principal what are your expectations for your teacher’s assessment process?
10 History in Texas’ Assesment Select Committee on Education (H. Ross Perot), 1984Established State curriculum (Essential Elements)No pass, no play70 as passing standardTeacher proficiency testsTexas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills (TEAMS)
11 National trends in Assessment A Nation at Risk report, 1983, called for education reform and accountabilityToday every state has some type of test and assessment accountability programNo Child Left Behind, 2002 (NCLB) mandates accountability standards to be eligible for federal fundingFall 2011, President Obama allows states to opt out of the program.
12 NCLB’s Four Pillars, 2002 Accountability for Results Based on Scientific ResearchExpanded Parental OptionsExpanded Local Control and FlexibilityMultiple federal education programs included within it:Reading FirstSafe and Drug Free SchoolsEducation TechnologyTeacher QualityEtc