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ETS’s 2017 Angoff Memorial Lecture: Do Educational Assessments Yield Achievement Measurements?

Kimberly Wittmann

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)

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Attending 3:30pm Reception 2d 20m Free  

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Please join us for ETS's 16th William H. Angoff Memorial Lecture, “Do Educational Assessments Yield Achievement Measurements?”

Speaker: Mark Reckase

A common interpretation of achievement test results is that they provide measures of achievement that are much like other measures that we commonly use such as height, weight, or the cost of goods. In a limited sense, such interpretations are correct, but there are some nuances to these interpretations that have important implications for the use of achievement test results.

In his presentation, Mark Reckase - University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Measurement and Quantitative Methods at Michigan State University - will contrast two different theoretical underpinnings for the interpretation of educational assessments results as measurements.

One of these theoretical views comes from initial attempts in psychology to measure the amount of a trait that was exhibited by a person. The other theoretical view comes from early work in education to measure how much of a desired curriculum was acquired by students. There are times that these views conflict with each other and lead test developers and policymakers to ask for the impossible. After summarizing the two theoretical positions, Reckase will discuss the areas of conflict. Finally, he will provide recommendations for what can be done to clarify the issues and minimize the problems that result from using conflicting theoretical frameworks.

A reception follows the lecture at 3:30 p.m. in the Holeman Lounge

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Wittmann at kwittmann@ets.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.!

Thank you,

Educational Testing Service (ETS)
660 Rosedale Road
Princeton, NJ 08541

Have questions about ETS’s 2017 Angoff Memorial Lecture: Do Educational Assessments Yield Achievement Measurements?? Contact Kimberly Wittmann

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National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor
Washington, DC 20006

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EDT)


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