Hastings, J. Thomas

(b. 1911, Louisville, Kentucky; d. 1992, Urbana, Illinois). Ph.D., University of Chicago; B.A., Ball State University.

Hastings was instrumental in developing the connection between the school curriculum and educational testing, program evaluation, and higher education. He studied at the University of Chicago with Ralph Tyler and was a contemporary of Benjamin Bloom and Lee J. Cronbach, and with some of his contemporaries (Bloom, Hastings, and Madaus) he published the seminal works Handbook on Formative and Summative Evaluation of Student Learning and Evaluation to Improve Learning.

His only campus was the University of Illinois, where he had a profound impact, as well as being a colleague to measurement people around the world, including Ralph Tyler, William F. Connell, Robert Stake, Christine McGuire, Ben Bloom, Jack Easley, George Madaus, ...

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