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Argument-Based Validation in Testing and Assessment

Argument-Based Validation in Testing and Assessment

January 2020 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Carol A. Chapelle shows readers how to design validation research for tests of human capacities and performance. Any test that is used to make decisions about people or programs should have undergone extensive research to demonstrate that the scores are actually appropriate for their intended purpose. Argument-Based Validation in Testing and Assessment is intended to help close the gap between theory and practice, by introducing, explaining, and demonstrating how test developers can formulate the overall design for their validation research from an argument-based perspective.

Series Editor’s Introduction
About the Author
1. What is Argument-Based Validity?
2. Validity Argument Design
3. Uses and Consequences of Test Scores
4. Construct-Related Inferences: Explanation and Extrapolation
5. Consistency-Related Inferences: Generalization and Evaluation
6. Content Domain-Related Inference: Domain Definition
7. Building a Validity Argument
List of Tables
List of Figures

Chapelle’s “Argument-Based Validation in Testing and Assessment” is among the best-written texts on test validity. It is an up-to-date, cogent presentation from a logical – as opposed to strictly psychometric – perspective.

Shlomo Sawilowsky
Wayne State University

This text address complex philosophical discussions related to validity and reliability in an accessible way. It models a way of thinking about assessment decisions that many of our students need to be successful in their future work!

Amanda C. La Guardia
University of Cincinnatti

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Carol Ann Chapelle

Carol A. Chapelle is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University, where she teaches courses in second language acquisition and assessment including a course on argument-based validity. She has over 30 years of experience working on research and development in testing and assessment for English as a second language including supervision of Ph.D. dissertation research, participation in test development projects, and advisory service for commercial, non-profit, and government projects in testing.                Throughout her research and... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781544334486