Achievement Testing: Recent Advances (Quantitative by Isaac I. Bejar

By Isaac I. Bejar

A publication which summarizes some of the contemporary advances within the concept and perform of accomplishment checking out, within the mild of technological advancements, and advancements in psychometric and mental idea. It presents an advent to the 2 significant psychometric types, merchandise reaction conception and generalizability conception, and assesses their strengths for various functions. The e-book closes with a few speculations in regards to the way forward for success checks for the evaluate of people, in addition to tracking of academic development. `...the booklet includes precious details for either novices and for complicated staff who wish an summary of contemporary paintings in success testing.' -- The magazine of the yankee Statistical A

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Each item, as it is being written, presents new problems and new opportunities. Thus, item writing requires an uncommon combination of special abilities and is mastered only through extensive and critically supervised practice [Wessman, 1971:81]. This description suggests that, although the process is not haphazard, it is certainly idiosyncratic, since it is largely the item writer's responsibility to interpret what is wanted and to generate items that meet the prescription. Nothing in that description suggests how to ensure that a given item will measure achievement in a particular domain.

Like other critics of conventional testing, Scandura has argued that test results should indicate the specific capabilities of an individual by relating his or her performance on the test to an objective criterion. He has also argued that it is not sufficient to describe the behaviors a student is able to perform; it is also necessary to specify what the learner must know in order to perform those behaviors successfully. In his terminology, the "rules of competence"the processes that collectively make it possible to solve a problemmust be defined as well.

He concludes the manuscript with a discussion of the future of achievement testing. We are delighted to add Achievement Testing to our list of offerings. We believe it will be a valuable addition to the professional libraries of educational testing specialists and psychometricians. JOHN L. SULLIVAN SERIES CO-EDITOR Page 7 1. Introduction These days it is not easy to be a psychometrician. Tests are continually under attack by various constituencies, and not a single cocktail party goes by without someone making an unkind remark about testing and those associated with it.

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