Advances in Educational and Psychological Testing: Theory and Applications

  • Editors
  • Ronald K. Hambleton
  • Jac N. Zaal

Part of the Evaluation in Education and Human Services Series book series (EEHS, volume 28)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Methodological Advances

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ronald K. Hambleton, H. Jane Rogers
      Pages 3-43
    3. Dato N. M. de Gruijter, Leo J. Th. van der Kamp
      Pages 45-68
    4. David J. Weiss, Michael E. Yoes
      Pages 69-95
    5. H. Swaminathan
      Pages 97-127
    6. John E. Hunter, Frank L. Schmidt
      Pages 157-183
  3. Developments in Applied Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Robert A. Roe, Martin A. M. Greuter
      Pages 187-226
    3. Fons J. R. van de Vijver, Ype H. Poortinga
      Pages 277-308
    4. Katherine MacRury, Philip Nagy, Ross E. Traub
      Pages 309-337
  4. Emerging Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Ronald K. Hambleton, Jac N. Zaal, Jo P. M. Pieters
      Pages 341-366
    3. Robert J. Sternberg
      Pages 367-393
    4. Walter Haney, George Madaus
      Pages 395-425
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 427-458

About this book


Over the last 20 years there have been a large number of technical advances and changes in the field of educational and psychological testing. According to Anne Anastasi, The decade of the 1980's has been a period of unusual advances in ,psychological testing. Technological progress, theoretical sophistication, and increasing pro­ fessional responsibility are all evident in the fast-moving events in this field (A. Anastasi, Psychological Testing, Sixth Edition. New York: Macmillan, 1988). On the psychometric front, advances in topics such as item response theory, criterion-referenced measurement, generalizability theory,· analy­ sis of covariance structures, and validity generalization are reshaping the ways that ability and achievement tests are constructed and evaluated, and that test scores are interpreted. But \Jsychometric advances, as substantial and important as they have been, are only a fraction of the major changes in the field of testing. Today, for example, the computer is radically chang­ ing the ways in which tests are constructed, administered, and scored. Computers are being used to administer tests "adaptively." That is, the sequence of questions an examinee is administered depends upon his or her performance on earlier administered items in the test. Tests are "adapted" to the ability levels of the examinees who are being assessed. One result is shorter tests with little or no loss in measurement precision. Computers are also being used to store or bank test items. Later, items of interest can be selected, and the computer is used to print copies of the test.


Psychological Testing

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7484-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-2195-5
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