How Can Educational Tests Best Serve Education?

Apr 4, 2022 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Talk to take place in the LDC, RIDLEY 302

This free event is brought to you by EdPolicy Works of UVA's School of Education & Human Development and open to the public.

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Stephen Sireci
Distinguished University Professor
University of Massachusetts Amherst



Stephen G. Sireci, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Professor and Director of the Center for Educational Assessment in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is known for his research in evaluating test fairness, particularly issues related to content validity, test bias, cross-lingual assessment, standard setting, and computerized-adaptive testing. He has authored/coauthored over 160 publications, and is the co-architect of the multistage-adaptive Massachusetts Adult Proficiency Tests.  He is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and of Division 5 of the American Psychological Association; Past-President of the National Council on Measurement in Education, and President-Elect of the International Test Commission.

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Educational tests have long been used for describing student status and various “policing” functions ranging from certifying minimum competency to evaluating teachers and other components of an accountability system. More recently, however, educators are realizing the value educational tests have to support student learning and student success.  These realizations have led to assessments that are (a) more integrated with instruction, (b personalized to the learner, and (c) provide actionable information for teachers and students to act upon.  Movements that have contributed to these developments include anti-racist, culturally-sustaining test development practices; more flexible test administration procedures (understandardization); and using technology to personalize assessments and integrate them with instruction.  Examples from statewide testing systems and new products currently being developed will be provided to facilitate a discussion on the ways in which educational tests can be used to benefit students and society.