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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.
Chapter 1: Why Fuss With Educational Testing?
Why Fuss With Educational Testing?
This is a book about the basics of educational testing. But you might reasonably ask, why on earth would anyone actually wish to learn about the basics of educational testing? Answering this question is the focus of the book’s first chapter. In this chapter I hope to convince you that many people, including you, really do need to understand the basics of educational testing.
But first, ever so briefly, let’s look at what these “basics” of educational testing are. The title of this book, The ABCs of Educational Testing, was chosen because most people believe that the alphabet includes the fundamental building blocks of learning. Once children have mastered their ABCs, they’re usually then capable of ...