Buros Mental Measurements Yearbook

As a young professor at Rutgers University in the 1930s, Oscar Krisen Buros was alarmed by many of the practices being used to develop and market tests. Buros believed that tests should be supported by firm foundations of statistical methodologies (referred to as reliability and validity) and by appropriate norming procedures that matched the specific population being tested. In an effort to improve the overall quality of tests and testing practices, Buros conceived of a publication series (The Mental Measurements Yearbook) that would offer “frankly critical test reviews” of new and recently revised tests written by experienced professionals (Buros, 1938, p. xiii). To supplement this book, Buros also published a comprehensive text, Tests in Print, designed to guide users seeking specific data on tests and ...

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