Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education

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  • Copyright: 2011-12-19
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Increased demands for colleges and universities to engage in outcomes assessment for accountability purposes have accelerated the need to bridge the gap between higher education practice and the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation. The Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Educationprovides higher education administrators, student affairs personnel, institutional researchers who generate and analyze data, and faculty with an integrated handbook of theory, method, and application. This valuable resource brings together applied terminology, analytical perspectives, and methodological advances from the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation to facilitate informed decision-making in higher education. Special Features: Contributing Authors are world-renowned scholars across the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation, including: Robert E. Stake, Trudy W. Banta, Michael J. Kolen, Noreen M. Webb, Kurt Geisinger, Robert J. Mislevy, Ronald K. Hambleton, Rebecca Zwick, John Creswell, and Margaret D. LeCompte. Depth of Coverage includes classroom assessment and student outcomes; assessment techniques for accountability and accreditation; test theory, item response theory, validity and reliability; qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods evaluation; context and ethics of assessment Questions and Exercises follow each Section to reinforce the valuable concepts and insights presented in the preceding chapters. Bridging the gap between practice in higher education with advances in measurement, assessment, and evaluation, this book enables educational decision-makers to engage in more sound professional judgment. This handbook provides higher education administrators with both high-level and detailed views into contemporary theories and practices, supplemented with guidance on how to apply them for the benefit of students and institutions.

Author Biography

Charles Secolsky is Director of Institutional Research and Planning at County College of Morris, New Jersey. D. Brian Denison is Institutional Research Analyst at Champlain Regional College, Quebec, Canada.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xii
List of Tablesp. xiv
Forewordp. xvi
Preface: Improving Institutional Decision Making through Educational Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluationp. xvii
Acknowledgementsp. xxi
Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Educationp. 1
Assessing the Quality of a University-Particularly Its Teachingp. 3
Classroom-Level Assessment: Aligning Pedagogical Practices to Enhance Student Learningp. 15
Student Learning Outcomes Assessment at the Program and Institutional Levelsp. 31
The Bottom Line: Will Faculty USE Assessment Findings?p. 47
The Perennial Challenges of Accountabilityp. 57
Using National, State, and Local Data for Administrative Decision-Makingp. 71
Empowerment Evaluation and Accreditation Case Examples: California Institute of Integral Studies and Stanford Universityp. 90
Benchmarking in Higher Educationp. 100
Questions and Exercises for Section 1p. 113
Theories and Technical Aspects of Educational Measurementp. 115
Classical Test Theory and Higher Education: Five Questionsp. 117
Generalizability Theory in Assessment Contextsp. 132
Item Response Theory in Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation for Higher Educationp. 150
Scaling, Norming, and Equatingp. 161
Reliabilityp. 178
The Validation of Tests in Higher Educationp. 194
Statistical Modeling in Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation for Higher Educationp. 208
Issues in the Analysis of Changep. 216
Questions and Exercises for Section 2p. 229
Test Construction and Developmentp. 237
Building Content and Statistical Test Specificationsp. 239
Evidence-Centered Design in Assessment Developmentp. 257
The Assessment of 21st-century Skills in Community College Career and Technician Education Programsp. 277
Iteni Analysis Procedures for Classroom Assessments in Higher Educationp. 296
Using Content Specialists for Detecting Item and Test Unfairnessp. 310
Computer-Based Testing in Higher Educationp. 321
Questions and Exercises for Section 3p. 336
Testing and Assessment for Decision-Makingp. 341
Setting and Validating Cut Scores for Testsp. 343
College Placement Testing of Entering Studentsp. 367
Admissions Testing in Higher Educationp. 382
Postsecondary Writing Assessmentp. 405
Authentic Assessment Validation: A Heuristic Rubrics Cubep. 423
Cognitive Diagnostic Method: Rule Space, Q-Matrix Theory and Applicationsp. 438
Questions and Excercises for Section 4p. 452
Approaches to Evaluation in Higher Educationp. 455
Program Evaluation in Higher Educationp. 459
Qualitative Evaluationp. 473
Naturalistic Evaluationp. 433
Responsive Evaluationp. 500
Case Studies and Validityp. 510
Mixed Methods Specialists in Action: Linking Mixed Methods Research to Learning and Classroom Assessmentp. 518
Survey Use in Academic Contexts: Considerations and Guidelinesp. 539
Questions and Exercises for Section 5p. 549
Issues in Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Educationp. 551
Using Data to Find Common Ground Between Secondary and Postsecondary Accommodations for Students with Disabilitiesp. 553
Testing and Evaluation of English-Language Learners in Higher Educationp. 569
Evaluation of Teacher Quality
Reporting Assessment Results in Higher Educationp. 593
Presenting Learning Outcomes Assessment Results to Foster Usep. 602
Revisiting Reliability and Validity in Higher Education Research and Program Evaluationp. 613
Ethical Assessment and Institutional Advancement: Connecting Good Practice with the Need to Move Campuses Forwardp. 637
Questions and Exercises for Section 6p. 646
Concluding Remarksp. 648
About the Contributorsp. 650
Indexp. 661
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