Test Design and Development Following the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing

Authored by: Lauress L. Wise , Barbara S. Plake

Handbook of Test Development

Print publication date:  November  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415626019
eBook ISBN: 9780203102961
Adobe ISBN: 9781136242571


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The 2014 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA, APA & NCME, 2014; hereafter referred to simply as the Standards) provide consensus standards for the development, use and evaluation of tests. Chapter 4 of the revised Standards focuses on test design and development, but important principles for test development are found throughout the Standards, particularly in the first three foundational chapters on validity, reliability and fairness. The 2014 version of the Standards elevates fairness to a foundational principle, along with validity and reliability/precision. The chapter on test development, Chapter 4, has been expanded to include test design as well as development, emphasizing the need for test design to support the validity of interpretations of test scores for intended uses and principles of fairness in access to the test and the interpretation and use of test scores.

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