Educational Assessment: Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability by Robert J. Wright

Educational Assessment: Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability

Robert J. Wright
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  • ISBN
    9781412949170 / 1412949173
  • Title Educational Assessment: Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability
  • Author Robert J. Wright
  • Category Examinations & Assessment
  • Format
  • Year 2008
  • Pages 563
  • Publisher
    Sage Publications (CA)
  • Imprint SAGE Publications Inc
  • Edition
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 194mm x 30mm x 231mm


Grounded in the real world of public schools and students, this engaging, insightful, and highly readable text introduces the inner-workings of K???12 educational assessment.

Key Features

- “Covers traditional topics in an approachable and understandable way: ” Reliability, validity, performance assessments, standardized achievement tests, and many more topics are included.


?? "Analyzes and interprets ???hot-button??? issues of today??'s complex measurement concerns: "The score-gap, high-stakes testing, grade retention, drop-out crises, ???academic redshirting, ???, diversity, family influence, and educational technology, are examined.

?? “Relates theory to practice: ” Each chapter includes relevant real-life examples and case studies to demonstrate how the technical-measurement principles impact those involved.


?? “Addresses the needs of diverse students: ”Issues related to students with special needs and the testing of English Language Learners are discussed.

Accompanied by High-Quality Ancillaries

Web-Based Student Study Site: P>The interactive study site provides a variety of additional resources to enhance students??? understanding of the book content and take their learning one step further. The site includes comprehensive study materials such as chapter objectives, flash cards, and practice tests.

Instructor??'s Resource CD: Available by contacting Sage, this CD for instructors offers the instructor a variety of resources that supplement the book material including PowerPoint presentations,“ ”Web resources, suggested answers for each chapter??'s discussion questions, and a sample syllabus. The CDalso includes Brownstone??'s Diploma Test Bank software so that instructors can create, customize, and deliver tests.

Intended Audience Educational Assessment: Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability has been written to meet the needs of students in graduate programs of special education, reading, school counseling, school social work, curriculum supervision, or administration. Providing grounding in all aspects of measurement, this book is perfect for undergraduate and graduate courses such as Educational Tests and Measurements, Assessment in Education, and Student Assessment.

Publisher Description

Educational Tests and Measurements in the Age of Accountability is a core text for use in a first level graduate course in educational measurement and testing. In addition to covering the topics traditionally found in core textbooks for this course, this text also provides coverage of contemporary topics (including national testing programs, international achievement comparisons, the value added assessment of schools and teachers, and the public policy debate on selective admissions vs. affirmative minority enrollment).

“For one of the only times in my career, and according to my master's students' positive reactions and statements, Wright's text encourages readers to think closely and with high interest about current assessment in education. The book gives educators strong justification and clarification for what they have been thinking about assessment in their classrooms” — Randy Nichols “This is the best book I've found for the Test and Measurements course for school counselors.” — Dr. Stacey Solomon

Author Biography

Robert Wright earned a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania in 1966, and began teaching high school science. A few years later in 1969 he earned a Masters degree in school counseling from West Chester University and was employed as a public school counselor, first with high school students and later with middle school students. In 1974 he completed a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology with specializations in child & adolescent development and educational measurement from Temple University. As part of that degree he completed a clinical fellowship in rehabilitation counseling at Moss Hospital, part of the Albert Einstein Medical Center (Philadelphia). Following graduation he completed advanced studies in school psychology at Lehigh University. Professor Wright has taught counseling and supervised counseling interns and has also taught educational measurement, and educational statistics & research for graduate students in counseling. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, the American Psychological Association (Division 17, counseling psychology), the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the American Educational Research Association. He is professionally licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. During his career Professor Wright chaired 114 doctoral dissertations, published and presented over 120 articles and paper presentations and has had four books published.

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