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Educational Measurement: Constructs, accountability, and validation plans
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Abstract

Systematic knowledge around issues of accountability in the US is lacking. Despite the sporadic publication of articles, book chapters, and research reports, the extant scholarship has yet to coalesce into a definite field of study. Given the continued push for accountability and educational reform in the US and abroad, this lack of consolidated, cross-disciplinary knowledge hinders the work of researchers, educators, administrators, evaluators, and policymakers. Moreover, traditional graduate training does not adequately prepare measurement professionals to address current issues in accountability. To fill this gap, we share an outline of an accountability course that others can build upon. Course topics include theoretical and research frameworks, policy, validation, standards and indices, among others. Additionally, we unveil a website intended to provide a platform for the aggregation of scholarly work in this burgeoning field. Finally, we highlight research in-progress that investigates future developments in validity, learning, and consequences within accountability testing.

Summary

Acknowledging the educational reform movement combined with a lack of systematic knowledge around accountability, this presentation highlights research in-progress investigating future developments in validity, learning, and consequences within accountability testing. An outline of an accountability course and a website providing a platform for the aggregation of scholarly work are unveiled.

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