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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.

What Next?
What Next?

You’ve arrived, almost, at the end of this book’s dash through educational testing’s essentials, and its final chapter will consist of four quite separate sandboxes. If you don’t care to play in any of them, please employ your page-turning prowess. The chapter revolves around the issue of what a reader of this brief book will do, if anything, with the insights, if any, gained from it.

First off, you’ll find the understandings that were identified at the close of each of the book’s first nine chapters. Unless you possess really fine recollection powers and have already memorized verbatim those nine understandings, rounding all nine of them up in one place can be useful, if only for purposes of a look-back review. You’ll ...

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