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Validity

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According to the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, published in 1999 by the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education, validity is defined as the extent to which empirical evidence and theory lend support to the interpretation and inferences made about test scores for particular uses. Validity is considered the most fundamental component of developing and evaluating educational and psychological tests. This is understandable. Validity involves the accumulation of evidence and theoretical justification for claims made about the traits, abilities, or attributes (e.g., intelligence, achievement, self-esteem) individuals might possess as measured by educational and psychological tests. In the following three sections, the process of validating tests will ...

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