Amplify your assessment literacy. Formative, data-driven, high-stakes–we all know the buzzwords surrounding educational testing. But often times we shelve our understanding of these terms because we think they are overwhelmingly complex. After all, isn’t that why we have “experts” crafting assessments? Those who care about our schools and students–teachers, administrators, policymakers, parents, citizens–will find The ABCs of Educational Testing the first accessible explanation of how and why having a fundamental understanding of educational testing is so important. Inappropriate tests are currently leading to harmful decision-making, and this book gives you everything you need to know to change that, including • The purposes of tests • The difference between and importance of reliability and validity • How to build tests with fairness • The importance of students’ affect Using a nontechnical and conversational approach, this book offers fundamental knowledge to free you from testing fogginess–all framed around practical actions you can take today to strengthen your assessment literacy for tomorrow.

Three Primary Purposes of Educational Testing1

Three Primary Purposes of Educational Testing

Many of our students are not being educated as well these days as they should be. A key cause for this calamity is that we often use the wrong tests to make our most important educational decisions. What’s so sad about this state of affairs is that few people—including many educators—actually understand how it is that today’s off-target educational tests are contributing to diminished educational quality (Popham, 2017).

When future educational historians look back at the last few decades of American public schooling, they will surely identify an educational system where students’ scores on annual accountability tests became, almost relentlessly, the prominent determiner of a school’s success. But what if many of the tests ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles