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Measurement and Assessment in Teaching, 10th Edition

By M. David Miller, Robert L. Linn, Norman E. Gronlund

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Feb 29, 2008


For Classroom Assessment and Test and Measurement courses in Education Departments

For years, this outstanding, classic text has been the market-leader for courses in Classroom Assessment and Test and Measurement taught in Education Departments across the nation. In a presentation that assumes no previous knowledge of assessment or measurement, the text provides crystal clear step-by-step instruction on such topics as constructing test questions, aligning assessment with learning goals, and interpreting standardized tests. Providing readers with an understanding of the role of assessment in the instructional process, the book helps students learn how to construct effective test questions that are aligned with learning objectives, evaluate published tests and properly interpret scores of standardized tests. The revision has been thoroughly updated and revised to include: The changing context of testing and assessment now required to meet state and federal assessment mandates; Many new examples of classroom assessments have been added; A stronger emphasis on the development of assessments testing higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation; Updated discussion of student motivation on standardized test; Materials on published tests reflect new editions and new approaches to assessment; Significant coverage of the Standards Movement and No Child Left Behind legislation; Detailed, straightforward guidelines for how to construct test items with many concrete examples; and Coverage of both formative and summative assessment and of all practical aspects of classroom assessment teachers need. Measurement and Assessment in Teaching, tenth edition, introduces the elements of measurement and assessment that are essential to good teaching, once again paving the way for future educators.  


Highlights of the New Edition include:

  • Major revisions in Chapter 1 reflect the changing context of testing and assessment now required to meet state and federal assessment mandates
  • Many new examples of classroom assessments have been added.
  • Revisions in Chapter 6, Planning Classroom Tests and Assessments, give the chapter a stronger emphasis on the development of assessments testing higher order thinking skills, such as analysis, synthesis and evaluation.
  • The discussion of student motivation on standardized tests in Chapter 18, Test Selection, Administration, and Use, is updated.
  • References to many Web sites have been added or updated.
  • Materials on published tests reflect new editions and new approaches to assessment.
  • Table of Contents





    Chapter 1    Educational Testing and Assessment: Context, Issues, and Trends

    Educational Assessment: Barometer and Lever of Reform

    Five Decades of Test-Based Educational Reform

    Technological Advances in Testing and Assessment

    Public Concern About Testing and Assessment

    Chapter 2    The Role of Measurement and Assessment in Teaching

    Instructional Decisions Requiring Assessment Data

    Assessment, Test, and Measurement

    General Principles of Assessment

    Assessment and the Instructional Process

    Types of Assessment Procedures

    Summary of Assessment Categories

    Chapter 3    Instructional Goals and Objectives: Foundation for Assessment

    Instructional Objectives as Learning Outcomes

    From Overly Specific Objectives to the Thinking Curriculum

    Method of Stating Instructional Objectives

    Chapter 4    Validity

    Nature of Validity

    Major Considerations in Assessment Validation

    Content Considerations

    Construct Considerations

    Assessment-Criterion Relationships

    Consideration of Consequences

    Factors Influencing Validity

    Chapter 5    Reliability and Other Desired Characteristics

    Nature of Reliability

    Determining Reliability by Correlation Methods

    Standard Error of Measurement

    Factors Influencing Reliability Measures

    Reliability of Assessments Evaluated in Terms of a Fixed Performance Standard




    Chapter 6    Planning Classroom Tests and Assessments

    The Purpose of Classroom Testing and Assessment

    Developing Specifications for Tests and Assessments

    Selecting Appropriate Types of Items and Assessment Tasks

    Considerations in Preparing Relevant Test Items and Assessment Tasks

    Chapter 7    Constructing Objective Test Items: Simple Forms

    Short-Answer Items

    True-False or Alternative-Response Items

    Matching Exercises

    Chapter 8    Constructing Objective Test Items: Multiple-Choice Forms

    Characteristics of Multiple-Choice Items

    Uses of Multiple-Choice Items

    Advantages and Limitations of Multiple-Choice Items

    Suggestions for Constructing Multiple-Choice Items

    Chapter 9    Measuring Complex Achievement: The Interpretive Exercise

    Nature of the Interpretive Exercise

    Forms and Uses of the Interpretive Exercise

    Advantages and Limitations of Interpretive Exercises

    Suggestions for Constructing Interpretive Exercises

    Chapter 10    Measuring Complex Achievement: Essay Questions

    Forms and Uses of Essay Questions

    Summary Comparison of Learning Outcomes Measured

    Advantages and Limitations of Essay Questions

    Suggestions for Constructing Essay Questions

    Scoring Criteria

    Suggestions for Scoring Essay Questions

    Chapter 11    Measuring Complex Achievement: Performance-Based Assessments

    Types of Performance-Based Assessment

    Advantages and Limitations of Performance Assessments

    Suggestions for Constructing Performance Tasks

    Performance Criteria

    Scoring Rubrics and Rating Scales


    Student Participation in Rating

    Chapter 12    Portfolios

    What Qualifies as a Portfolio of Student Work?

    Potential Strengths and Weaknesses of Portfolios

    Purpose of Portfolios

    Guidelines for Portfolio Entries

    Guidelines and Students' Role in Selection of Portfolio Entries and Self-Evaluation

    Evaluation Criteria

    Using Portfolios in Instruction and Communication

    Chapter 13    Assessment Procedures: Observational Techniques, Peer Appraisal, and Self-Report

    Anecdotal Records

    Student Judgments and Reports

    Peer Appraisal

    Self-Report Techniques

    Attitude Measurement

    Interest Inventories

    Personality Measures

    Chapter 14    Assembling, Administering, and Appraising Classroom Tests and Assessments

    Assembling the Classroom Test

    Administering and Scoring Classroom Tests and Assessments

    Appraising Classroom Tests and Assessments

    Building a File of Effective Items and Tasks

    Chapter 15    Grading and Reporting

    Functions of Grading and Reporting Systems

    Types of Grading and Reporting Systems

    Multiple Grading and Reporting Systems

    Assigning Letter Grades

    Record-Keeping and Grading Software

    Conducting Parent-Teacher Conferences

    Reporting Standardized Test Results to Parents



    Chapter 16    Achievement Tests

    Characteristics of Standardized Achievement Tests

    Standardized Tests versus Informal Classroom Tests

    Standardized Achievement Test Batteries

    Achievement Tests in Specific Areas

    Customized Achievement Tests

    Individual Achievement Tests

    Chapter 17    Aptitude Tests

    Achievement and Aptitude Tests

    Scholastic Aptitude and Learning Ability

    Group Tests of Learning Ability

    Individual Tests

    Cautions in Interpreting and Using Learning Ability Scores

    Culture-Fair Testing

    Differential Aptitude Testing

    Chapter 18    Test Selection, Administration, and Use

    Obtaining Information About Published Tests

    Selecting Appropriate Tests

    Administering Published Tests

    Using Results of Published Tests

    Chapter 19    Interpreting Test Scores and Norms

    Methods of Interpreting Test Scores

    Grade Norms

    Percentile Rank

    Standard Scores


    Skill Analysis

    Judging the Adequacy of Norms

    Using Local Norms

    Cautions in Interpreting Test Scores




    Appendix A    Elementary Statistics

    Appendix B    Professional Journals for Locating Measurement and Assessment Articles

    Appendix C    Content Standards

    Appendix D    Standards for Teacher Competence in Educational Assessment of Students

    Appendix E    Test Publishers

    Appendix F    Selected Published Tests

    Appendix G    Taxonomy of Educational Objectives

    Appendix H    Relating Assessment Procedures to Instructional Objectives



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