Educational Measurement: From Foundations to Future

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9781462525621: Educational Measurement: From Foundations to Future

This book introduces and explores major topics in contemporary educational measurement: criterion-referenced testing, item response theory (IRT), computer-based testing, cross-lingual and cross-cultural assessment, and accountability testing. Psychometric experts describe forward-looking measurement practices and provide a contextualized understanding of how and why they were developed, how they can be used, and where they may go in the future. In addition to presenting key concepts and formulas, the volume covers established and emerging applications and discusses recurrent challenges that require additional research. A helpful glossary of abbreviations is included. The book is grounded in the work of Ronald K. Hambleton.

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Craig S. Wells, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration and Associate Director of the Center for Educational Assessment at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Wells teaches courses in statistical and psychometric methods. His research interests pertain to the application of item response theory models specifically for examining the effects and detection of item parameter drift, differential item functioning, and model misfit. He also has a keen interest in the philosophy of science and its applications to behavioral and social science research.

Molly Faulkner-Bond, PhD, studied under Ron Hambleton at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned her doctorate in Research, Educational Measurement, and Psychometrics in 2016. She has published in prominent national and international journals such as the Review of Research in Education, the International Journal of Testing, and Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice. Her research focuses on on validity issues and evaluation in large-scale K-12 testing systems, with a particular focus on policies and assessments for English learners.


"This excellent volume brings together top measurement professionals from around the world who are working on cutting-edge issues in educational assessment. The A–Z coverage includes historical analyses of measurement and policy issues, practical advice on developing assessments across languages, and psychometric issues involved in differential item functioning, computer adaptive testing, and automated test assembly. Education professionals will find this book a key reference for using assessments to improve educational practices. I highly recommend it as a text for graduate-level measurement courses."--George Engelhard, Jr., PhD, Quantitative Methodology Program in Educational Psychology, The University of Georgia

"A broad, brilliant, and pragmatic contribution to the literature of educational measurement. This truly outstanding volume has both historical significance and cutting-edge importance. It will find a prominent place on the desk of every current and future professional who is interested in improving education through measurement and research."--Linda Cook, EdD, past president, National Council of Measurement on Education

"This volume brings together a stellar list of contributors to cover the theory and practice of assessment from a wide range of angles. The book not only salutes the history of educational measurement, but also wholeheartedly embraces new trends and technologies that are shaping the landscape of assessment and psychometrics today. It should be widely read by measurement professionals and graduate students, as well as other researchers who wish to learn more about the field."--Li Cai, PhD, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

"This is one of those rarest of books that you will end up reading again and again, till the pages are worn and tattered and the margins filled with notes. Wells and Faulkner-Bond have edited the premier text on educational measurement. Written by leading authorities, the chapters offer theoretically grounded, comprehensive discussions of the central topics in the field, and will be valuable to those involved in measurement today and for years to come. The book is inspired by the work of Professor Ronald Hambleton, the most influential measurement scholar of our time, and it is a fitting tribute.”--Bruno D. Zumbo, PhD, Paragon–UBC Professor of Psychometrics and Measurement, University of British Columbia, Canada

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