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Measurement Theory in Action: Case Studies and Exercises comprises twenty modules, each corresponding to entire chapters in typical measurement theory texts. The modules begin with introductory concepts and a review of statistics; progress through conceptions of content, criterion-related, and construct validation, validity generalization and test-bias; and conclude with more advanced topics such as multiple regression and item response theory (IRT). Each module is composed of an overview, case studies, exercises, Internet references, and suggested further readings. An extensive glossary of key terms is also provided for quick reference. An Instructor's Resources CD containing exercises and assignments is also available.
Module 1: Introduction and Overview
Thousands of important, and sometimes life-altering, decisions are made every day. Who should we hire? Which students should be placed in accelerated or remedial programs? Which defendants should be incarcerated and which paroled? Which treatment regimen will work best for a given client? Should custody of this child be granted to the mother or the father or the grandparents? In each of these situations, a “test” may be used to help provide guidance. There are many vocal opponents to the use of standardized tests to make such decisions. However, the bottom line is that these critical decisions will ultimately be made with or without the use of test information. The question we have to ask ourselves is, “Can a better ...