Organizations and Individuals to Contact for Testing Information


References to knowledgeable and informative individuals, sites, and organizations are listed below, organized within the following categories:


  • Professional associations
  • Organizations that develop, administer, or score tests
  • Testing research organizations; Sources of test data and results
  • Organizations that analyze test results and provide consulting services to school systems
  • State, Local, Regional, International Organizations
  • Organizations that focus on standards and curriculum
  • Primers on Assessment
  • Journals/Newspapers
  • Recommended web sites
  • INDIVIDUALS - Some unaffiliated, individual testing experts


  • When they are known, the relevant areas of expertise of individual experts are noted following their names. Their areas of expertise are coded according to the Legend for Types of Expertise that is provided at the end of this document.


    Another excellent resource:

  • The membership list of links for the Assn. of Test Publishers


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    PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:


    American Psychological Association (APA)

    Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics

  • http://www.apa.org/about/division/div5.html

  • Association of Test Publishers

  • http://www.testpublishers.org/

  • International Personnel Management Association (IPMAAC) and Assessment Council

  • http://www.ipmaac.org/

  • International Test Commission (ITC)

  • http://www.intestcom.org/

  • National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)

  • http://www.nasbe.org

  • National Association of Test Directors (NATD)

  • http://www.natd.org/

  • National Council for Measurement in Education (NCME)

  • http://www.ncme.org/

  • National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA)

  • http://www.noca.org/

  • The Psychometric Society

  • http://www.psychometricsociety.org/

  • Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (SIOP)

    (Division 14 of the American Psychological Association)

  • http://www.siop.org/

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    ORGANIZATIONS THAT DEVELOP AND ADMINISTER TESTS:


    ACT, Inc. (American College Testing)

  • http://www.act.org/
  • ACT National Office
    2201 North Dodge Street
    P.O. Box 168
    Iowa City, IA 52243-0168
    Telephone: 319/337-1000 Fax: 319/339-3021

    The organization responsible for the American College Test, required for admission to the public colleges in the majority of states; manages other major tests and programs, too, such as junior college entrance examinations and vocational education assessments. Also provides development and analysis services for the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)

    ACT Research

    http://www.act.org/research/

    Many departments at ACT provide research support for its programs and services and conduct foundational research on important measurement issues.

    ACT Research Reports - Research topics include test reliability and validity, the meaning of test-score differences, racial/ethnic achievement differences, gender bias, occupations, interests, and related subjects. Abstracts of these reports are available online.

    Information Briefs are short, non-technical findings. Topics have included using ACT test scores and high school grades for better course placement and increasing ethnic minority students' chances for success in college.

    ACT Policy Reports provide timely information about educational issues.

    Trends in College Admission 2000 presents the results of a national survey of undergraduate admission policies, practices, and procedures.


    American Guidance Service / AGS Publishing

  • http://www.agsnet.com/
  • 4201 Woodland Road
    Circle Pines, MN 55014-1796
    phone 800.328.2560 / 651.287.7220 | fax 800.471.8457 / 651.287.7223

    mcat@aamc.org

    Makers of assessments for academic, career, curriculum, speeck & language diagnosis; classroom management; parenting; and test preparation. Publishers of the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children and the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement


    Assessment Systems Corporation

  • http://www.assess.com/
  • 2233 University Ave.
    Suite 200
    St. Paul, MN 55114
    Voice: 651/647-9220
    Fax: 651/647-0412 >br>

    Specializing in computerized testing. Also develops and sells analytical software, much of it testing related.


    Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

  • http://www.aamc.org/students/mcat/start.htm/
  • MCAT Section, AAMC
    2450 N St. NW
    Washington, DC 20037-1127

    mcat@aamc.org

    A coalition of U.S. medical schools; organization administers the Medical College Admissions Test.

    [Also, see Board of Medical Examiners (any state).]


    Association of American Publishers: School Division

  • http://www.publishers.org/
  • 50 F Street, N.W.

    Washington, D.C. 20001

    202-347-3375 Fax: 202-347-3690

    Contacts at AAP-School Division: Steve Driesler; Michael Kean

    E-mail:sdriesler@publishers.org

    The AAP Test Committee is composed of senior executives from the nation's leading publishers of group and individually administered tests. Its mission is to foster awareness of the role of testing in education, to promote appropriate use of assessments in education, and to advocate public policy conducive to sound testing practices. Members of the AAP Test Committee publish materials and maintain on-line resources to keep educators and the general public informed of assessment issues.


    Below is a list of some of the resources that are available either through the AAP web site, or directly from the publishers:

    American Psychological Association: Newsletters; Test Users' Qualification Form

    CTB McGraw/Hill: News and Updates; Education Related Sites

    CTB McGraw/Hill Publications: A Home Guide to Understanding Tests (in English or Spanish); Education Assessment: A Primer for School Boards; Inform: A Series of Special Reports; Special Accommodations: Meeting the Testing Needs of Students with Disabilities; Beyond the Numbers: A Guide to Interpreting and Using the Results of Standardized Achievement Tests

    Educational Testing Service (ETS): Practice Test Questions; Financial Aid; Colleges and Universities

    Harcourt Educational Measurement: Library; Frequently Asked Questions; Glossary of Measurement Terms; Some Things Parents Should Know about Testing; A Checklist for Reviewing Standardized Tests: Code of Fair Testing Practices in Education; Instructional Materials and Support; Tips for Taking Tests

    National Computer System (NCS): News and Views; What We Do

    Riverside Publishing: Testing Q and A; Calendar of Events

    Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. Publications: Local or National Norms for Achievement Tests; Major Misconceptions about "Grade Equivalent" Scores


    CTB McGraw/Hill Assessment Products and Services

  • http://www.ctb.com/
  • CTB/McGraw-Hill
    20 Ryan Ranch Road

    Monterey, CA 93940
    Tel: 800.538.9547 Fax: 800.282.0266

    Developer of psychological and educational assessments, including the long- and widely-used California Achievement Tests, the TerraNova CTBS Multiple Assessments battery and the Test of Cognitive Skills. These instruments are now in their 2nd, 5th, and 6th editions.
    Contacts: Michael Kean, Linda Bond


    Data Recognition Corporation (DRC)

    13490 Bass Lake Road
    Maple Grove, MN 55311

    E-mail: mail@datarecognitioncorp.com
    Phone: 800-826-2368

    Provides many test-related services, including test development and administratio; best known for expertise in scoring large-scale assessments.


    Educational and Industrial Testing Service

    P.O. Box 7234
    San Diego, CA 92167

    E-mail: customerservice@edits.net
    Phone: 800-416-1666

  • http://www.edits.net/
  • Publishes IRIS, the COPS Interest Inventory, MAACL-R, DOSC, and the Guide for Standards-Based Classrooms (...a performance-based assessment for teachers to examine their progress in shifting from activities-centered teaching to standards-based practice.)


    Educational Records Bureau

    220 East 42nd Street, Suite 100

    New York, NY 10017

    (212) 672-9800 (800) 989-3721

  • http://www.erbtest.org/
  • Administers the Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP), The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), and the Writing Assessment Program (WrAP)


    Educational Testing Service (ETS)

  • http://www.ets.org/
  • Rosedale Road

    Princeton, NJ 08541

    The developer of the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, Test of English as a Second Language (TESL), and other well-known standardized tests.

    ETS on the Issues is a series of essays from the ETS leadership.

    Policy Information Reports are authored both by ETS researchers and invited critics.

    ETS Research - A listing of current research reports abooout various issues and new innovations in educational testing.

    Contacts at ETS: Archie LaPointe (F), Don Powers (a, B, D, M), Brent Bridgeman (a, B, D, M), Linda Cook (a, B, M), Catherine Hombo (a, B, E), Larry Stricker (a, B, D, M), Rich Coley, Mike Nettles (M), John Mazzeo, Charles Lewis, Ida Lawrence, and many more


    General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service

    American Council on Education,

    Center for Adult Learning & Education Credentials (CALEC)

  • http://www.acenet.edu/calec/ged/
  • One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 250
    Washington DC, 20036

    (202) 939-9475

    The General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service develops and distributes the GED Tests, formerly known as the high-school equivalency examinations. More than 860,000 adults worldwide take the GED Tests each year. One out of every seven people who finish their high school education each year earns a credential by passing the GED Tests.


    Graduate Management Admission Council

  • http://www.gmac.com/
  • 1600 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 1400

    McLean, VA 22102

    ph. 1-703-749-0131

    fax 1-703-749-0169

    e-mail webmaster@gmac.com

    In 1953, the organization now called the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) began as an association of nine business schools whose goal was to develop a standardized test to help business schools select qualified applicants. In the first year it was offered, the assessment GMAC sponsored, now known as the Graduate Management Admission Test, or GMAT, was taken just over 2,000 times; in recent years, it has been taken more than 200,000 times annually. Initially used in admissions by 54 schools, the GMAT is now used by more than 1,500 schools and 1,800 programs. GMAC is composed of representatives from leading business schools worldwide.


    Harcourt Educational Measurement

  • http://www.psychcorp.com/
  • The Psychological Corporation

    19500 Bulverde Road

    San Antonio, Texas 78259

    1-800-872-1726

    Customer_Care@harcourt.com

    Developer of psychological and educational assessments, including the long- and widely-used Metropolitan and Stanford Achievement Tests, and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test. These instruments are now in their 7th, 8th, and 9th editions.


    International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)

  • http://www.iea.nl/
  • Herengracht 487, 1017 BT

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Coalition of testing officials from many member countries -- organization responsible for the First, Second, and Third International Mathematics and Science Studies, the International Reading Literacy Study, the International Civics Education Study, and others.


    Law School Admission Council

  • http://www.lsac.org/
  • P.O. Box 40
    Newtown, PA 18940

    A coalition of U.S. law schools; organization administers the Law School Admissions Test.

    [Also, see Board of Bar Examiners (any state).]


    Measured Progress

  • http://www.measuredprogress.org/
  • 171 Watson Road
    P.O. Box 1217
    Dover, NH 03820

    Tel: 603-749-9102 Fax: 603-749-6398

    e-mail: mail@measuredprogress.org

    Formerly known as Advanced Systems in Measurement and Evaluation, organization specializes in designing and custom-building large-scale assessments from scratch to state or local specifications.


    Measurement Incorporated

  • http://www.measinc.com/
  • Provides several test-related services, including test development, but best known for handscoring of large-scale performance tests.


    Mid-Atlantic Psychometric Services, Inc.

    212 Ashton Dr., SW

    Leesburg, VA 20175-2527

    mlbourque@aol.com

    Contact: Mary Lyn Bourque


    National Assessment Governing Board

  • http://www.nagb.org/
  • 800 North Capitol Street, N.W, Suite 825
    Washington, D.C. 20002
    Phone: 202-357-6938 Fax: 202-357-6945

    An independent, bipartisan group whose members include governors, state legislators, local and state school officials, educators, business representatives, and members of the general public created by Congress to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) -- commonly known as the "The Nation's Repooort Card." Since 1969, assessments have been conducted on national samples of schools periodically in major subject areas.

    Possible contacts: Darvin Winnick, Chairperson; Sharif Shakrani, Deputy Executive Director; Mary Crovo, Assistant Director for Test Development; Lawrence Feinberg, Assistant Director for Reporting and Dissemination; Ray Fields, Assistant Director for Policy and Research.


    National Evaluation Systems

  • http://www.nesinc.com/
  • P.O. Box 226
    Amherst, MA 01004-0226
    (413) 256-0444

    NES is an educational services company that develops teacher certification testing programs and assessment programs in higher education. NES specializes in the design and administration of customized, standards-based assessments, developed in close consultation with educators and state agencies.


    National Writing Board

    Will Fitzhugh
    The Concord Review
    National Writing Board
    730 Boston Post Road, Suite 24
    Sudbury, MA 01776 USA
    (800) 331-5007; (978) 443-0022
    fitzhugh@tcr.org

  • http://www.tcr.org/
  • The National Writing Board, founded in 1998, has now given an independent, unbiased assessment, with two Readers, of high school history papers from 28 states, and sent each author a three-page report, with scores and comments, which she/he has asked us to send to college admissions officers (at 59 colleges so far), or simply could use as feedback on one of her/his best history research papers. History research papers of two lengths, around 2,000 words, or around 5,000 words, with (Turabian) endnotes and bibliography, may be submitted, with a notarized Submission Form and a check for $65, made out to the National Writing Board, to: the National Writing Board, 730 Boston Post Road, Suite 24, Sudbury, Massachusetts 01776. Deadlines are November 1 and June 1 each year. The following colleges and universities now endorse this independent assessment service for academic writing: Amherst, Bowdoin, Carnegie Mellon, Claremont McKenna, Colgate, Connecticut College, Dartmouth, Duke, Eckerd, Emory, Georgetown, Hamilton, Harvard, Illinois Wesleyan, Lafayette, Middlebury, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pitzer, Princeton, Richmond, Sarah Lawrence, Trinity (CT), Tufts, University of Virginia, Washington and Lee, Williams, Yale


    Northwest Evaluation Association

    12909 SW 68th Parkway, Suite 400
    Portland, Oregon 97223
    Phone: (503) 624-1951
    Fax: (503) 639-7873

  • http://www.nwea.org/
  • General Info: munse@nwea.org

    Makers of the (computerized) Measures of Academic Progress, the Achievement Level Tests, and the Learning Continuum


    Policy Studies in Education, Inc.

    310 East Shore Road

    Great Neck, NY 11023-2432

    info@policystudies.org

    1800-321-7837

    Specialize in data-based studies of educational issues including curriculum development, test development, program design and development, policy analysis, long-range planning, administrative organization, program evaluation, school finance, parent involvement, and teacher preservice education. Also provide training for school board members and professional staff.


    Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    OECD Programme for International Student Assessment

  • http://www.pisa.oecd.org/index.htm/
  • Statistics and Indicators Division

    2 rue Andre-Pascal

    75775 Paris Cedex 16, France

    Fax: (33-1) 4524 9098

    email: Andreas.Schleicher@OECD.org

    PISA tests 15-year-olds in participating countries every three years. Results from the first PISA administration, in 2000, are available. Other administrations are already planned for 2003 and 2006.


    Pearson

    Pearson Vue

    5601 Green Valley Drive
    Bloomington, Minnesota 55437

    (800) 431-1421

  • http://www.pearson.com/
  • Pearson Educational Measurement
    2510 N. Dodge Street
    Iowa City, IA 52245
    tel: 319-339-6793
    fax: 319-339-6990


    Psychological Assessment Resources

  • http://www.parinc.com/
  • 16204 N. Florida Ave.
    Lutz, FL 33549
    813.968.3003


    Riverside Publishing

  • http://www.riverpub.com/
  • Riverside Publishing
    425 Spring Lake Drive
    Itasca, IL 60143-2079
    General: 1-800-323-9540 Fax: 1-630-467-7192

    Developer of psychological and educational assessments, including the venerable Iowa Test of Basic Skills, the Cognitive Abilities Test, and the Gates-MacGinitie Reading Tests. The Iowa Tests remain, after decades, the state tests of Iowa, with voluntary participation of virtually all Iowa school districts.


    Scholastic Testing Service

  • http://www.ststesting.com/
  • 4320 Green Ash Drive
    Earth City, MO 63045
    Telephone: 1.314.739.3650 Fax: 1.314.739.3857

    Contact: Dennis Anderhalter
    email: stlouis@mail.ststesting.com or ststesting@email.com

    Developer of the High School Placement Test, used by many private secondary schools over the years and, more recently, the Educational Development Series for eight subject areas in K-12 education.


    Slosson Educational Publications, Inc.

  • http://www.slosson.com/
  • P.O. Box 280
    East Aurora, NY 14052

    1-888-SLOSSON
    email: slosson@slosson.com

    In their own words: ...publish and distribute educational materials in the areas of: Intelligence, Aptitude, & Developmental Abilities; School Screening & Achievement; Speech-Language & Assessment Therapy; and Emotional/Behavior & Special Needs. Materials are designed for individuals of all ages and deal with reading, writing, mathematics, achievement, school readiness, transition, cognitive abilities, speech/language, and conduct, emotional, and behavioral adjustment.


    Stoelting Company

  • http://www.stoeltingco.com/
  • 20 Wheat Lane
    Wood Dale, IL 60191
    (630) 860-9700 fax: (630) 860-9775
    Email: psychtests@stoeltingco.com

    In their own words: ...in the business of supplying quality psychological tests and research instruments ...assessment tools and special education resource materials.


    Thinkgate

  • http://thinkgate.com/solutions/assessment
  • 201 S. Tryon Street, Suite 200
    Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
    (877) 845-4283
    unlock@thinkgate.com
    Thinkgate's assessment solution & online assessment system provides comprehensive assessment functionality for K-12 educators & administrators across the United States.


    Thomas International Assessment Testing

  • http://www.thomasinternational.net/
  • +44 (0) 1628 47 53 66

    Thomas International provides business assessment tools and testing to help recruit and retain the right people.

    "Business assessment tools to make your business profitable."


    Thompson Prometric

  • http://www.prometric.com/Default.htm/
  • Provides a variety of test-related services, including test development; best known for its worldwide network of computer-based testing centers.


    Touchstone Applied Science Associates / BETA

  • http://www.tasa.com/
  • Hardscrabble Heights, PO Box 382
    Brewster, NY 10509-0382
    1-845-277-8100 Fax: 1-845-277-8115
    Email: tasa@tasa.com

    Developer of many assessments, including Degrees of Reading Power, TASA Literacy, and the Core Knowledge Curriculum-Referenced Tests. Through Beck Evaluation & Testing Associates (BETA) offers customized accountability system development.


    Westat

  • http://www.westat.com/
  • 1650 Research Blvd.

    Rockville, MD 20850

    1-301-251-1500

    Specialists in complex survey sampling and the administration of large-scale surveys and assessments. Has administered the NAEP and the U.S. portions of several international assessments.

    Contacts: Keith Rust, Nancy Caldwell, Renee Slobasky, Mike Brick


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    TESTING RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS; SOURCES OF TEST DATA AND RESULTS:


    Achieve

    http://www.achieve.org

    8 Story Street, First Floor
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    Phone 617-496-6300
    Fax 617-496-6361

    Email: talk-to-us@achieve.org

    Organization devoted to improving the rigor and clarity of the process of standard-setting and testing. Provides standard-setting and benchmarking services to states and districts. Achieve is developing a national clearinghouse of information and research on academic standards.


    Buros Institute

    http://www.unl.edu/buros

    University of Nebraska

    Lincoln, NE

    Email: bimm@unl.edu or biaco@unl.edu bi

    The Buros Institute, publishers of the encyclopedic Mental Measurements Yearbook (MMY) and Tests in Print (TIP), provides critical analyses of tests and testing instruments. MMY contains reviews, not unlike in the fashion of film reviews, of commercially available tests, written by psychometric experts. TIP contains the most complete listing and specifications of commercially available tests.


    California DOE Policy and Evaluation Division
    Academic Performance Index
    Research Reports

    http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ar/index.asp
    e-mail epic@cde.ca.gov
    or call (916) 319-0863
    Lots of data and analysis on California's school-based accountability system, a system in operation for a few years that can offer many lessons and much advice to the rest of the states endeavoring to arrange similar systems in order to meet federal requirements.
    Contact: David Rogosa (Stanford University (Statistics Dept.)) or Ed Heartel (Stanford University (Education School)


    Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

    http://www.ccsso.org/

    One Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20001-1431
    Fax: (202) 408-8076

    E-MAIL: info@ccsso.org

    Collects considerable amount of information about what states are doing in terms of assessment and testing programs.

    Contacts: Wayne Martin, Rolf Blank


    CollegeBoard

    http://www.collegeboard.org

    45 Columbus Avenue
    New York, NY 10023-6992
    Phone: (212) 713-8000

    Contact: Wayne Camara (b, d, e, g, i, l, M)

    Organization representing hundreds of colleges responsible for the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), the Advanced Placement (AP) program, and various equity efforts.


    ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation

    http://eric.ed.gov/

    http://ericae.net/


    National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

    U.S. Department of Education

    http://nces.ed.gov/

    1990 K Street, N.W.

    Washington, D.C. 20006

    202-502-7300

    NCES is the agency responsible for analyzing and disseminating the results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) - NAEP reports on U.S. student performance with comprehensive information about what students at grades 4, 8, and 12 know and can do in various subject areas. NCES also participates in the analysis and dissemination of results from international assessments.


    Institute for Objective Measurement, Inc.

    http://www.rasch.org/index.htm

    155 North Harbor Drive, Suite 1002

    Chicago, IL 60601

    312-616-6705 (voice); 312-616-6704 (fax)

    InstObjMeas@Worldnet.att.net

    http://www.rasch.org/index.htm

    The IOM sees itself as a "public" organization whose orientation and focus is outward to the world, as well as inward to the professional growth and support of its members. Its members constitute measurement professionals who live in various countries throughout the world. While the majority of members are employed by universities and other organizations that concern themselves with some aspect of measurement, approximately one third of the IOM's membership are students. The IOM plans programs and services for these individuals. These programs are best defined as far-reaching, and are implemented throughout various countries of the world.


    National Governors' Association

    Center for Best Practices

    Education Policy Studies Division

    http://www.nga.org

    Hall of States

    444 N. Capitol St.

    Washington, D.C. 20001-1512
    Telephone (202) 624-5300

    Contacts: Kristin Conklin, Dane Linn, Scott Spicer

    The Education Policy Studies Division supports the Governors' leadership roles in education reform providing information on best practices in early childhood, elementary and secondary, and post-secondary education, including issues of accountability, extra learning opportunities, and the use of technology in classrooms.


    Pro-Ed

    http://www.proedinc.com

    8700 Shoal Creek Boulevard

    Austin, TX 78757-6897
    800-897-3202
    Fax 800-397-7633

    Pro-Ed, authors of Tests: A comprehensive reference for assessments in Psychology, Education, and Business and Test Critiques, large, encylopedic volumes indexing and reviewing most standardized tests.


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    ORGANIZATIONS THAT ANALYZE TEST RESULTS AND PROVIDE CONSULTING SERVICES TO SCHOOL SYSTEMS:


    Achieve

    http://www.achieve.org

    8 Story Street, First Floor
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    Phone 617-496-6300 Fax 617-496-6361

    or

    400 N. Capitol Street, NW
    Suite 351
    Washington, DC 20001
    Phone 202-624-1460 Fax 202-624-1468

    Email: talk-to-us@achieve.org

    Organization devoted to improving the rigor and clarity of the process of standard-setting and testing. Provides standard-setting and benchmarking services to states and districts. Achieve is developing a national clearinghouse of information and research on academic standards.


    Caveon Test Security

    Contact: Robert Hunt
    12227 S. Business Park Dr., Suite 120
    Draper, Utah 84020

    Organization that provides services for assuring and detecting cheating or improper test administrations.


    The Center for Educational Assessment

    http://www.umass.edu/education/cea/main.htm

    ...a research unit in the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The Center organizes itself around four major areas: educational assessment advances, national and international developments, program evaluation methods, and policy research and analysis in the area of educational assessment. Research, service, and outreach activities are carried out in all the areas.
    Contact: Ron Hambleton or Stephen Sireci


    Fisher Education Consulting, LLC

    http://www.fishereducation.com/

    Email: thfisher@blomand.net

    Phone: 931.668.0460

    Tom Fisher, the former Florida state testing director, provides consulting services in the areas of large-scale student testing and accountability programs for states, local school districts, and other organizations.


    iAchieve (Australia)

    http://www.iachieve.com.au/

    iAchieve is an online assessment service that provides students with the opportunity to complete assessments online and then provides descriptive and diagnostic reports that have used the Rasch measurement model to estimate item difficulties and report person performances.


    Maryland Assessment Research Center for Education Success (MARCES)

    Email: lissitz@umail.umd.edu
    302-405-3624

    MARCES provides support to a range of assessment activities by conducting basic and applied research to enhance the quality of assessment practice and knowledge. MARCES is a project of the Department of Measurement in U. Mayland's College of Education.


    National Center for Developmental Education

    http://www.ncde.appstate.edu/

    The National Center for Developmental Education's mission is to improve the quality of practice in the field of developmental education.
    Reich College of Education
    Appalachian State University
    Boone, North Carolina 28608
    phone (828) 262-3057 fax (828) 262-2128


    National Center for Educational Outcomes

    http://education.umn.edu/NCEO/

    The National Center on Educational Outcomes provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements.
    Contact: Martha L. Thurlow, James E. Ysseldyke, Rachel Quenemoen


    Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) Project

    http://www.pipsproject.org/

    The Performance Indicators in Primary Schools (PIPS) Project is one of the family of information systems offered by the Curriculum, Evaluation and Management Centre (CEM Centre) at the University of Durham [U.K.]. The CEM Centre has provided value-added information for schools and colleges since 1983. PIPS tracks a number of aspects of schooling as pupils move through the primary sector. We gather data on individual pupils using assessment materials that are quick and easy to administer. These data are processed at Durham and the results passed back to schools. The results allow schools to look objectively at the progress and attitudes of individual pupils. PIPS feedback also enables teachers to judge their schools performance within the context of the thousands of others using the assessments at the same time, whilst protecting the confidentiality of each school. The intention is to promote school improvement by providing professionals with high quality information. PIPS Assessments are curriculum based and annually reviewed for validity and reliability. They are suitable for use in British schools (including independent settings) and assessments are available for use in overseas schools. Indeed, PIPS is used in 25 countries.


    SAS in School Assessment Services, SAS Institute

    http://www.sasinschool.com/

    SAS inSchool
    SAS Campus Drive, Building U
    Cary, NC 27513

    (919) 531 7505; (888) 760 2515

    inschool@sas.com

    SAS in School works with teachers and administrators to measure the impact of educational practices on varying student achievement levels and determine which subpopulations are making appropriate progress. When schools and teachers work effectively, they add value to each student's performance. Dr. William L. Sanders, the head of Assessment Services, has developed a reliable and innovative method for quantifying that value--his EVAAS value-added analyses of archived test data.


    School Evaluation Services, Standard & Poors

    http://www.standardandpoors.com/ProductsAndServices/CreditMarketServices/SchoolEvaluationServices/School.html

    55 Water Street
    New York, NY 10041
    (212) 438-7984

    Contact: Robert Durante
    School Evaluation Services (SES) is a decision-making tool for taxpayers, educators, school boards, and state and local education policy makers and administrators. SES analyzes academic, financial, and demographic indicators and trends; provides valuable comparative benchmarks; and presents Standard and Poors' findings, together with supporting data, on the performance of school systems. SES features a synthesis of financial and academic performance factors that promotes the sharing of best practices among school systems. Standard and Poor's analytical conclusions measure and assess the relative return on investment in education and, importantly, provide context for this return.


    Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

    http://www.sreb.org/
    592 10th St. N.W.
    Atlanta, GA 30318
    (404) 875-9211

    Contact: Gene Bottoms or Mark Musick

    The Southern Regional Education Board, the nation's first interstate compact for education, was created in 1948 by Southern states. SREB helps government and education leaders work cooperatively to advance education and, in doing so, improve the social and economic life of the region. SREB assists state leaders by directing attention to key issues; collecting, compiling and analyzing comparable data; and conducting broad studies and initiating discussions that help states and institutions form long-range plans, actions and policy proposals.

    SREB's member states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. SREB is governed by a board that consists of the governor of each member state and four people that he or she appoints, including at least one state legislator and at least one educator. SREB is supported by appropriations from its member states and by funds from private companies, foundations, and state and federal agencies.


    Systeme Methologique d'Aide a la Realisation de Tests (Belgium)

    Talent Assessment, Inc.

    Post Office Box 508

    Jacksonville, FL 32247

    (800) 634-1472 (toll-free); (904) 292-9371 (fax)

    talenta@bellsouth.net (email)

    Talent Assessment, Inc. has been offering comprehensive assessment and training programs to schools and teachers since 1982, geared largely toward vocational evaluation. They offer many different assessment programs, tailored to suit your school's individual needs. Programs offer students complete hands-on training, assessment, exploration and work behavior development. They also provide complete training for teaching and/or administrative staff as a part of each package.


    WestEd (San Francisco)


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    STATE, LOCAL, REGIONAL, INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:


    California

    School Wise Press (CA)

    http://www.schoolwisepress.com

    236 Moncada Way

    San Francisco, CA 94127

    E-mail: info@schoolwisepress.com.
    Phone: (800) 247-8443

    School Wise Press helps parents "get smart about California schools." Their website offers school-by-school rankings within each county of California, as well as a virtual library of practical information from standardized testing to bilingual education, from parent's rights to choosing schools.


    Canada

    Society for the Advancement of Excellence in Education

    http://www.saee.bc.ca/info_pub.html

    Contact: Helen Raham


    Council of the Great City Schools

    http://www.cgcs.org

    1301 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Suite 702
    Washington, DC 20004

    202-393-2427

    Contact: Sharon Lewis,or Michael Casserly

    Most of the larger urban school districts in the United States are members of the Council, and use it as a forum to share resources and information.


    England & Wales

    Campaign for Real Education

    http://www.cre.org.uk

    18 Westlands Grove

    Stockton Lane, York YO31 1EF (UK)

    (44) (0)1904 424134 Fax as above

    Contact Nick Seaton

    NickSeaton@credyork.freeserve.co.uk


    Iowa

    Parents for Evidence Based Education
    PO Box 11144
    Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-1144

    http://www.educationallycorrect.com/

    Parents for Evidence Based Education is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization with the belief that education policy should be instituted based on high quality, mainstream, relevant research, rather than by unsubstantiated "beliefs", "philosophies" and "ideas."


    Massachusetts

    Mass Insight Education

    http://www.massinsight.org

    18 Tremont Street, Suite 930

    Boston, MA 02108
    Phone (617) 722-4160 | Fax (617) 722-4151

    Mass Insight Education and Research Institute is an independent not-for-profit corporation focused on improving student achievement in Massachusetts' public schools. Through public outreach initiatives, school leadership training programs, and public opinion and policy reports, Mass Insight Education supports the implementation of the 1993 Education Reform Act, with a primary focus on its central initiative, the statewide standards and testing program. The primary goal is to raise academic achievement for all students, including those who have been trapped in a cycle of low expectations. To meet this goal, Mass Insight Education and its Coalition for Higher Standards work in three areas: public outreach; strengthening schools; and policy.


    Ohio

    Battelle for Kids

    http://www.battelleforkids.com/b4k/rt/about
    Battelle for Kids
    41 South High Street, Suite 2240
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    Tel: 614-469-5966
    Fax: 614-469-5964

    In their own words: Battelle for Kids is a unique partnership initiative created to champion improved student achievement in Ohio by supporting, accelerating and sustaining standards-based education. We work to strengthen support from the business community and the general public for an education system focused squarely on student achievement and grounded in four key cornerstones: * Clear, rigorous academic content standards; * Support to improve teaching and learning; * Fair and effective assessments; * Accountability for results.


    The South

    Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

    http://www.sreb.org/
    592 10th St. N.W.
    Atlanta, GA 30318
    (404) 875-9211

    Contact: Gene Bottoms or Mark Musick

    The Southern Regional Education Board, the nation's first interstate compact for education, was created in 1948 by Southern states. SREB assists state leaders by directing attention to key issues; collecting, compiling and analyzing comparable data; and conducting broad studies and initiating discussions that help states and institutions form long-range plans, actions and policy proposals. SREB's 16 member states are:

    Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

    SREB is governed by a board that consists of the governor of each member state and four people that he or she appoints, including at least one state legislator and at least one educator. SREB is supported by appropriations from its member states and by funds from private companies, foundations, and state and federal agencies.


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    ORGANIZATIONS THAT FOCUS ON STANDARDS AND CURRICULUM:


    American Federation of Teachers

  • http://www.aft.org/

  • The Concord Review and the National Writing Board
    Contact: Will Fitzhugh

  • http://www.tcr.org/

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    PRIMERS ON ASSESSMENT:


  • Standardized Testing Primer

  • Assn. of American Publishers Primer on Assessment

  • American Federation of Teachers

  • Southern Regional Education Board

  • Wrightslaw

  • CTB/McGraw-Hill: A Brief Guide to Test Quality

  • CTB/McGraw-Hill: Including Parents in the Teaching and Learning Process

  • CTB/McGraw-Hill: A Guide for Effective Assessment

  • Harcourt

  • National Organization for Competency Assurance

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    JOURNALS/NEWSPAPERS:


    journals


    National Council for Measurement in Education (NCME):

    Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (many articles accessible to the lay reader)

    Journal of Educational Measurement (very technical)


    American Psychological Association (APA)

    Educational and Psychological Measurement (can be very technical)


    Society of Industrial-Organizational Psychologists (SIOP)

    The Industrial-Organizational Psychologist (many articles accessible to the lay reader)


    International Test Commission

    International Journal of Testing (mix of technical and non-technical articles)


    Journal of Developmental Education (mix of technical and non-technical articles)

    http://www.ncde.appstate.edu/journal.htm


    Educational Resources Information Clearinghouse (ERIC)


    Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation

    CLEAR Exam Review (can be very technical)

    http://www.clearhq.org/cer_face.htm

    In their own words: "The leading North American journal on testing issues for the professional and occupational regulatory community."


    newspapers/newsletters


    The Christian Science Monitor (daily popular newspaper)

    http://www.csmonitor.com

    One Norway Street
    Boston, MA 02115


    EducationNews.org (daily web-based newspaper)

    http://www.EducationNews.org

    Editor: Jimmy Kilpatrick

    Op/Ed/Research column, In Defense of Testing, appears Tuesdays


    IEA Newsletter

    Newsletter of the International Association for the Evaluation of Student Achievement

    http://www.iea.nl/Home/IEA/Newsletter/newsletter.html


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    RECOMMENDED WEB SITES:


    Illinois Loop

  • http://www.illinoisloop.org/read.html


    Bas Braams' Web Site

  • http://www.cims.nyu.edu/~braams/links/


    Web page of Ralph Raami

  • http://www.math.rochester.edu/u/rarm/


    David Klein's web site

  • http://www.csun.edu/~vcmth00m/


    Michel Delord's page

  • http://michel.delord.free.fr


    Nicholas Stix's archives

    http://www.geocities.com/nstix/
    http://www.thecriticalcritic.blogspot.com/
    http://opinionet.com/archive.php?author=Nicholas%20Stix&PHPSESSID=f338e7a7323e77e4729f1416ed9cacdf


    Linda Seebach's Archives http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/columnist/0,1299,DRMN_86_115,00.html


    ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation

    http://ericae.net/

    A source for information pertaining to educational and psychological testing and learning theories. Links to ERIC digests, short literature reviews on specific topics written for the general public.

    Assessment and Evaluation on the Internet

    http://eric.ed.gov

    http://ericae.net/nintbod.htm

    An index offered by the ERIC ClearingHouse on Assessment & Evaluation of sources pertaining to educational and psychological testing.

    ERIC Test Locator

    http://buros.unl.edu/buros/jsp/search.jsp


    ETS Test Locator

    http://www.ets.org/testcoll/index.html

    The ETS Test Collection includes an extensive library of 20,000 tests and other measurement devices from the early 1900s to the present. The collection is the largest in the world. It was established to make information on standardized tests and research instruments available to researchers, graduate students, and teachers. The tests contained in this collection were acquired from a variety of U.S. publishers and individual test authors. Foreign tests are also included in the collection, including some from Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.


    Let's Talk About Testing web site

    http://www.ets.org/testing/

    Submit questions about testing and get a response.


    The Testing And Assessment Page For The American Psychological Association (APA)

    http://www.apa.org/science/testing.html

    Information on psychological testing and assessment including: finding and obtaining psychological tests, test standards and other guidelines, testing information clearinghouses, and links to other testing-related sites.


    The National Center on Educational Outcomes

    http://education.umn.edu/NCEO/

    The National Center on Educational Outcomes provides national leadership in the participation of students with disabilities in national and state assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements.
    Contacts: Martha Thurlow, James Yssledyke


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    SOME UNAFFILIATED, INDIVIDUAL TESTING EXPERTS:


    At Stanford University:

    David Rogosa (B, E, CA)

    Ed Heartel (a, c, E, j, CA)


    at Michigan State University:

    S.E. (Susan) Phillips (b, i, K, MI, TX)

    Mark Reckase (a, b, d, e)


    At the University of Iowa:

    David Frisbie (a, b, c, d, e, i, N, IA)

    Michael Kolen (a, b, c, M)

    Frank Schmidt (b, G)

    David Lohman (a, b, d, I, m, n)


    At the University of Nebraska:

    Kurt Geisinger (H, k)

    Barbara Plake (a, C)

    James Impara (a, c, e)


    At the University of Massachusetts:

    Ron Hambleton (a, b, d, e, l, j, k, MA, MD)

    Stephen Sireci (a, b, d, e)


    At Florida State Universities:

    Linda Crocker (U. Florida) (a, C, e)

    Tom Oakland (U. Florida) (a, F, FL)

    Gerard Giordano (U. of North Florida (c, e)


    At Georgia Tech University:

    Susan Embretson (a, b, d)

    James Roberts (B)


    At Johns Hopkins University:

    Richard A. Berk (a, b, j)

    Linda Gottfredson (n)


    At Virginia State Universities:

    Dan Willingham (U. Virginia) (c, m)

    James H. McMillan (Virginia Commonwealth U) (a, c, d, h)


    Max A Eckstein (c, F), Queens College, CUNY and Teachers College, Columbia University

    Harold J. Noah (c, F), Teachers College, Columbia University


    Tom Haladyna (a, b, c, d, e, h, i, j, k, l), Arizona State University (West)


    Jim Deneen (a, b, d, i, M), independent consultant, Princeton, NJ


    Jeffrey Smith (a), Rutgers University


    Barak Rosenshine, University of Illinois (a, b) (Champaign-Urbana)


    Rebecca Zwick, Universtity of Califonia - Santa Barbara (m)


    Hunter Boylen (a, c), Appalachian State University


    Trudy Banta (a), Indiana and Purdue Universities - Indianapolis


    Roger Trent (a, c, e, h, i, k, OH), former state testing director


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    Legend for Type of Expertise

    a) comprehensive

    b) technical psychometric

    c) relation to standards & curriculum

    d) pros and cons of test format (multiple-choice, performance, portfolios, demonstrations,...)

    e) testing system structure, administration

    f) international comparisons

    g) benefits, costs

    h) accommodation & exclusion of disabled, special, and limited-English proficient students

    i) test security, cheating

    j) teacher testing

    k) legal issues

    l) test linking (equating, moderation, benchmarking, etc.)

    m) college admissions testing (e.g., SAT, ACT, AP)

    n) intelligence testing

    If an expert is profoundly expert in a particular area, the code is capitalized.

    state testing system (indicated by state postal code (e.g., CA, MA, KY))

    subject matter specific (indicated by subject matter in lower case (e.g., math, reading))


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