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.
Developing Tests of Maximal Performance
Given that students are administered possibly hundreds of tests throughout their academic careers, it should not be surprising to find that most students equate the term “testing” with educational assessment. This module is concerned with the development of the sorts of psychological tests with which students are most familiar—tests of knowledge, achievement, and ability. What distinguishes these tests from other psychological measures (such as those discussed in Module 15) is that tests of maximal performance are intended to assess an individual's performance at his or her maximum level of effort (Cronbach, 1970). Further, the items that comprise tests of maximal performance typically have a single correct answer.
Despite their familiarity with taking these types of tests, few ...