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ISBN-13: 978-0205579341 ISBN-10: 0205579345 Edition: 2nd

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Measurement and Assessment in Education, Second Edition, employs a pragmatic approach to the study of educational tests and measurement so that teachers will understand essential psychometric concepts and be able to apply them in the classroom.

 

The principles that guide this text are:

  1. What essential knowledge and skills do classroom teachers need to conduct student assessments in a professional manner? 
  2. What does the research on educational assessment tell us?

This focus has resulted in a uniquely approachable and technically accurate presentation of the material.

 

While providing a slightly more technical presentation of measurement and assessment than more basic texts, this text is both approachable and comprehensive. The text includes a gentle introduction to the basic mathematics of measurement, and expands traditional coverage to include a thorough discussion of performance and portfolio assessments, a complete presentation of assessment accommodations for students with disabilities, and a practical discussion of professional best practices in educational measurement. 

 

Highlights of This Text

  • This text is very user friendly, helping students to master the more technical aspects of educational assessment and gain a good understanding of the mathematical concepts needed to master measurement and assessment (Chapters 2—6).
  • Ethical principles, legal issues, and professional standards relevant to classroom assessment are covered thoroughly so that students are prepared to conduct classroom assessments in a professional and ethical manner (throughout the text, but specifically in Chapter 17).
  • An entire chapter (Chapter15) is devoted to the use of assessments for students with disabilities to prepare students to assess the knowledge and skills of all students, including those with disabilities.
  • Contemporary issues regarding the assessment of students are covered in detail so that students are aware of important issues related to educational assessment.
  • Numerous pedagogical devices such as exercises, cases, and end-of-chapter problems are included throughout the text so that students can explore topics further.
  • Audio enhanced PowerPointTM lectures featuring Dr. Victor Willson are particularly useful for student review and mastery of the material presented.
  • A Test Bank is also available to instuctors. 

 

 

 

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (May 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205579345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205579341
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Cecil R. Reynolds, PhD, ABN, ABPdN, earned his Doctoral Degree from the University of Georgia in 1978 under the tutelage of Dr. Alan S. Kaufman, with a major in School Psychology and minors in Statistics and in Clinical Neuropsychology. He served an internship divided between the Medical College of Georgia (Pediatric Neurology section and Neurological Surgery section) and the Rutland Center for Severely Emotional Disturbed Children. Prior to joining the Texas A & M University faculty in 1981, Dr. Reynolds was a faculty member at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where he served as Associate Director and Acting Director of the Buros Institute of Mental Measurement, after writing the grants and proposals to move the Institute to Nebraska following the death of its founder, Oscar Buros. His primary research interests are in all aspects of psychological assessment with particular emphasis on assessment of memory, emotional and affective states and traits, and issues of cultural bias in testing. He is the author of more than 300 scholarly publications and author or editor of over 50 books including The Energetic Brain, The Clinician's Guide to the BASC, Clinical Applications of Continuous Performance Tests, Handbook of School Psychology, the Encyclopedia of Special Education, and the Handbook of Clinical Child Neuropsychology. He is the author of several widely used tests of personality and behavior including the Behavior Assessment System for Children and the Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale. He is also senior author of the Test of Memory and Learning, the Clinical Assessment Scales for the Elderly, and co author of several computerized test interpretation systems. He is senior author of the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales (RIAS). He maintained a clinical practice treating trauma victims and individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury for 25 years before retiring from clinical work at the end of 2003.

Dr. Reynolds holds a diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, of which he is also a past president, is a diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology, and was a diplomate in School Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, prior to retiring his diplomate in 2004. He was elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow of the National Academies of Practice in 2012. He is a past president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, APA Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics), APA Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), and APA Div. 16 (School Psychology). He is a Fellow of APA Divisions 1, 5, 15, 16, 40, and 53. Dr. Reynolds taught courses primarily in the areas of psychological testing and diagnosis and in neuropsychology in addition to supervising clinical practica in testing and assessment. He served as Editor in Chief of Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology (1990-2002), the official journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, as Editor of Applied Neuropsychology (2004-2008), and in January of 2009 began a 6 year term as editor in chief of the APA journal Psychological Assessment. He serves on the editorial boards of 11 other journals in the field. He has served as Associate Editor of School Psychology Quarterly and of the Journal of Special Education. Dr. Reynolds has received multiple national awards recognizing him for excellence in research including the Lightner Witmer Award and the early career awards from APA Divisions 5 and 15. He is a co recipient of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Robert Chin Award and a MENSA best research article award. In 1999, Dr. Reynolds received the Senior Scientist Award from APA Division 16 (School Psychology). In 2000, he received the National Academy of Neuropsychology's Distinguished Clinical Neuropsychologist Award, the Academy's highest award for research accomplishments. He received the NASP 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award in Neuropsychology. He received the Buros Institute Distinguished Reviewer Award in 2006. His service to the profession and to society has been recognized as well through the President's Gold Medal for Service to the National Academy of Neuropsychology as well as the Academy's Distinguished Service Award, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington 50th Anniversary Razor Walker Award for Service to the Youth of North Carolina. He was named Alumnus of the year at the University of NC at Wilmington and has also been elected to the academic hall of fame at the University of Georgia. In 2010 he received the Jack I. Bardon Award for Lifetime Distinguished Service Contributions to school psychology. He is currently an Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology, Professor of Neuroscience, and Distinguished Research Scholar at Texas A & M University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Landin on July 18, 2011
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I found this book clear and concise while taking an Assessment course. But the true strength of this book is how much I've used it since. The chapters on validity and reliability are incredibly useful. I've also recently referenced the general information about education and historical uses of assessments. This book is a great resource - do not sell this back at the end of the semester!
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Several of the "reviews" on here are invalid; they focus on the condition of the book received, which was shipped by an outside seller, rather than on the content of the book itself. That's what sparked me to write something decent for others wondering about the book.

This book is incredibly helpful and easy to read. Some folks said it was full of "technical writing" and was thus difficult to understand. I don't know what they're basing this evaluation on. Let me show you a couple lines from the book: "Grades are only brief summary statements that fail to convey a great deal of information carefully collected by teachers. For example, a grade of B only hints at a general level of mastery and tells little or nothing about specific strengths and weaknesses" (279). What is difficult to understand in that writing? As long as you can read at a fifth grade level, you will be fine.

I'm not reading this book for a class, which may be why I am less critical of it. I can choose the chapters of interest and read them out of order. So far I have focused on chapters 9 through 11 (about 100 pages or roughly 1/4 of the entire book). The chapters include pros & cons of each method, as well as charts and tables to demonstrate skills. For example, in the grading section, the authors include math charts to show you how you can weigh items differently (i.e. tests, homework assignments, etc.).

I would highly recommend this book to people studying to be teachers in 1st through 12th grade or college professors. The examples in this showed me that many of my own teachers did not design valid tests or essay prompts when I was in K-12 and undergrad.
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By libby on January 21, 2010
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I bought this book for an Evaluation and Measurement class. The book was more interesting than the class, but it didn't interest me as much as it did other students. The writing is very easy to understand, and at times it can be a little boring. The only problem is that it's made for teachers and other educators, which may not be a problem for anyone else but me. It's not a bad book, and it might even be really useful for anyone considering going into teaching.
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This book is full of info about basic statistics and teaches all of the terminology, at a fraction of the price of a regular textbook. This book sells on amazon for about 4 dollars plus shipping and is soft covered, all said a great price for a good book.
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By portenita on July 30, 2011
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The seller sold the book as "used like new" and it was not true. You could see from one block distance, that the book is really used!!!The book was shipped late. We were at the same city and i waited one week to get.
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By Darcy Gutierrez on May 12, 2014
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I was requiered to get this for a class. It came promptly and It was very informative. I was able to use it in my class and I use it as referance once in a while.
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By Yvonne Trevino on February 12, 2014
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Ordered this book because it was a requirement for class but we never even used it. I still have it and will keep it in case I ever need it in the future.
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