Classroom Applications of Educational Measurement

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This book provides comprehensive and balanced coverage of all aspects of assessment relevant to classroom teachers. It includes the construction and use of paper and pencil tests, performance assessments, and portfolios, as well as coverage of performance objectives, validity, reliability, grading, standardized testing, and judging assessment quality. For education professionals, especially those involved with testing and measurement.

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The new Second Edition of this popular introductory measurements text offers comprehensive coverage of all aspects of educational measurement, using an involving, interactive format, with a strong emphasis on integrating assessment with teaching to improve classroom instruction. The presentation offers everything future classroom teachers, counselors, and school administrators need to create and use classroom tests, use and interpret standardized tests, and assign grades.

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Preface

Classroom Applications of Educational Measurement, Third Edition, is written for prospective and practicing teachers, and is designed for use as the primary text in introductory measurement courses.

This book includes but goes beyond the traditional coverage of measurement concepts. For example, four chapters are devoted to the development and use of performance assessment portfolios and informal observations and questions. Additional chapters describe how to plan and implement an overall assessment strategy, how to help students learn to take tests, and ways for using computers to facilitate assessment.

This book actively engages the reader and emphasizes the application of educational measurement in the classroom. Take time to page through this book to find numerous embedded queries where readers immediately apply what they are learning. To help engage the reader, the introduction to each chapter builds on familiar experiences in order to explain the relevance of concepts about to be addressed. Although the book is theoretically based, the focus is on specific implications of measurement concepts for the classroom and other instructional environments.

The book is organized into five parts. Part One introduces fundamental concepts such as validity, reliability, and criterion- and norm-reference interpretations. A careful distinction is drawn between student's internal knowledge and the outward behaviors upon which all assessments must be based. Readers of this book learn how to distinguish between types of declarative and procedural knowledge, and how to select appropriate tasks for measurements of these distinct knowledge types. These foundational topics are introduced in Part One, and then consistently and visibly applied throughout the remainder of the book.

Part Two describes how to develop and administer written tests. Separate chapters discuss advantages and limitations of the short-answer, essay, multiple-choice and alternate-choice formats. Check lists summarize characteristics essential to each format. Readers immediately apply what they are learning by finding and fixing problems within example test items rather than simply reading about qualities one should incorporate into test items.

Part Three describes alternative assessment techniques. Even though most formative evaluations in the classroom are based on informal questioning and observation, many measurement books only allude to these informal assessments. This book devotes a chapter to these assessments, using experiences common to all of us to identify their important characteristics and establish guidelines. Two chapters are devoted to performance assessments. The first addresses the characteristic for performance assessments and describes scoring options. The next chapter illustrates several performance assessments, describing how one first establishes the capability to be assessed, then selects an appropriate performance to observe, and finally designs a plan for scoring students' responses. The chapter on portfolios describes how to organize, score, and use portfolios.

Chapters in Part Four address topics that evolve from the use of measurement in the classroom. Four questions that can be used to guide the student assessment process are established. A separate chapter describes how to help students take tests. The last chapter in this section helps readers to become familiar with some of the significant roles computers are beginning to play within testing.

Part Five concludes the book with a discussion of standardized tests. These chapters describe the types of tests used in schools and show how to interpret the scores most commonly used to report student performance. A unique feature of this book is a chapter that shows readers how to evaluate common uses of standardized tests that affect teachers, including the trouping of students, selection of students to be placed in special education, evaluating teachers and schools, and certifying teachers.

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