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Educational Assessment: Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability

by Robert Wright SAGE Publications, Inc
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Grounded in the real world of public schools and students, this engaging, insightful, and highly readable text introduces the inner-workings of K–12 educational assessment.

Key Features

· Covers traditional topics in an approachable and understandable way: Reliability, validity, performance assessments, standardized achievement tests, and many more topics are included.

· Analyzes and interprets “hot-button” issues of today’s complex measurement concerns: The score-gap, high-stakes testing, grade retention, drop-out crises, “academic redshirting,”, diversity, family influence, and educational technology, are examined.

· Relates theory to practice: Each chapter includes relevant real-life examples and case studies to demonstrate how the technical-measurement principles impact those involved.

· Addresses the needs of diverse students: Issues related to students with special needs and the testing of English Language Learners are discussed.

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Web-Based Student Study Site:

The interactive study site provides a variety of additional resources to enhance students’ understanding of the book content and take their learning one step further. The site includes comprehensive study materials such as chapter objectives, flash cards, and practice tests.

Instructor’s Resource CD: Available by contacting Sage, this CD for instructors offers the instructor a variety of resources that supplement the book material including PowerPoint presentations, Web resources, suggested answers for each chapter’s discussion questions, and a sample syllabus. The CD also includes Brownstone’s Diploma Test Bank software so that instructors can create, customize, and deliver tests.

Intended Audience Educational Assessment: Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability has been written to meet the needs of students in graduate programs of special education, reading, school counseling, school social work, curriculum supervision, or administration. Providing grounding in all aspects of measurement, this book is perfect for undergraduate and graduate courses such as Educational Tests and Measurements, Assessment in Education, and Student Assessment.

Preface SECTION ONE: EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT IN AMERICA: HISTORY, GOALS, AND APPLICATIONS 1. Issues and Measurement Practices in the Schools Issues and Themes Learning Objectives Accountability, Assessment, and Testing Why do we Test? Types

"This is the best book I've found for the Test and Measurements course for school counselors."
Robert J. Wright is a professor of educational psychology who specializes in the study of educational statistics and measurement. This new textbook is drawn from his 30 plus year career as a teacher, researcher, and mentor. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology from Temple University and went on to further study in school psychology at Lehigh University. As a doctoral student he also completed an advanced fellowship training program in clinical and rehabilitation psychology at Moss Hospital of the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. In addition to his career as a professor of educational psychology in the Center for Education at Widener University, he has also served as the director of testing for the American College of Psychiatrists, the Association of Academic Psychiatrists, and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Resident Training Programs. Working with those professional associations he was responsible for the development, scoring, and distribution of the annual Psychiatry Resident In-Training Examination (PRITE), which is given in all 400 residency education centers in the United States. Professor Wright has also served on test development committees responsible for the writing of new state mandated teacher licensing examinations; and, he has been a reader for the new SAT II® Writing Test. For much of Professor Wright career he has mentored doctoral students in the development of their research programs. His scholarship has been focused on large scale testing programs and state standards based testing programs. Many of the 100 plus doctoral dissertations he chaired over his career have focused on high-stakes testing.