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Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement

Third Edition


April 2017 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Using his signature, conversational writing style and straightforward presentation, Neil J. Salkind’s best-selling Tests & Measurement for People Who (Think They) Hate Tests & Measurement guides readers through an overview of categories of tests, the design of tests, the use of tests, and some of the basic social, political, and legal issues that the process of testing involves. The Third Edition includes a new chapter on item response theory, new sections on neuropsychological testing, new cartoons, and additional end-of-chapter exercises. Free online resources accompany the text to make teaching easier and provide students with the practice tools they need to master the material.

 

 
A Note to the Student: Why I Wrote This Book
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
PART I In the Beginning . . .
 
1. Why Me-asurement? An Introduction
A Five-Minute History of Testing  
So, Why Tests And Measurement?  
Some Important Reminders  
How Tests Are Created  
What Am I Doing in a Tests and Measurement Class?  
Ten Ways to Use This Book (And Learn About Tests and Measurement at the Same Time!)  
Glossary  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
 
PART II The Psychology of Psychometrics
 
2. One Potato, Two Potatoes . . . Levels of Measurement and Their Importance
First Things First  
The Four Horsemen (or Levels) of Measurement  
A Summary: How Levels of Measurement Differ  
Okay, so What’s the Lesson Here?  
The Final Word(s)  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
3. Getting It Right Every Time: Reliability and Its Importance
Test Scores: Truth or Dare  
Getting Conceptual  
If You Know About rXY, Skip This Section . . .  
Different Flavors of Reliability  
How Big Is Big? Interpreting Reliability Coefficients  
Things to Remember  
And if You Can’t Establish Reliability . . . Then What?  
Just One More Thing (And It’s a Big One)  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
4. The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth: Validity and Its Importance
A Bit More About the Truth  
Different Types of Validity  
A Last Friendly Word  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
5. Welcome to Lake Wobegon, Where All the Children Are Above Average: Norms and Percentiles
The Basics: Raw (Scores) to the Bone!  
Percentiles or Percentile Ranks  
Stanines (or Stanine Scores)  
The Standard (Fare) Scores  
Standing on Your Own: Criterion-Referenced Tests  
The Standard Error of Measurement  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
6. Item Response Theory—A “New” Kid on the Block
The Beginnings of Item Response Theory  
This Is No Regular Curve: The Item Characteristic Curve  
Test Items We Like—and Test Items We Don’t  
Understanding the Curve  
Analyzing Test Data Using IRTPRO  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
PART III The Tao and How of Testing
 
7. Short-Answer and Completion Items: Baskin Robbins® Has __ Flavors
When We Use ’Em and What They Look Like  
How to Write ’Em: The Guidelines  
The Good and the Bad  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
8. Essay Items: Hope You Can Write
When We Use ’Em and What They Look Like  
How to Write Essay Items: The Guidelines  
The Good and the Bad  
How to Score Essay Items  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
9. Multiple-Choice Items: Always Pick Answer C and You’ll Be Right About 25% of the Time
When We Use ’Em and What They Look Like  
How to Write Multiple-Choice Items: The Guidelines  
The Good and the Bad  
Why Multiple-Choice Items Are Not So Good  
Analyzing Multiple-Choice Items  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
10. Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me a Match: Matching Items
When We Use ’Em and What They Look Like  
How to Write ’Em: The Guidelines  
The Good and the Bad  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
11. True-False Tests: T or F? I Passed My First Measurement Test
What We Use ’Em for and What They Look Like  
How to Write ’Em: The Guidelines  
The Good and the Bad  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
12. Portfolios: Seeing the Big Picture
What Portfolios Are and How They Work  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
13. So, Tell Me About Your Childhood: Interesting Interviews
When We Use ’Em and What They Look Like  
How to Do ’Em: The Guidelines  
The Good and the Bad  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
PART IV What to Test and How to Test It
 
14. Achievement Tests: Who Really Discovered America?
What Achievement Tests Do  
How Achievement Tests Differ From One Another  
How to Do It: The ABCs of Creating a Standardized Test  
The Amazing Table of Specifications  
What They Are: A Sampling of Achievement Tests and What They Do  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
15. Personality and Neuropsychological Testing: Type A, B, or Me?
What Personality Tests Are and How They Work  
Developing Personality Tests  
What They Are: A Sampling of Personality Tests and What They Do  
What Neuropsychological Tests Are and How They Are Used  
Not Just One: The Focus of Neuropsychological Testing  
Forensic Assessment: The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
16. Aptitude Tests: What’s in Store for Me?
What Aptitude Tests Do  
How to Do It: The ABCs of Creating an Aptitude Test  
Types of Aptitude Tests  
Some of the Big Ones  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
17. Intelligence Tests: That Rubik’s Cube Is Driving Me Nuts
The ABCs of Intelligence  
From the Beginning: (Almost) All About the Stanford–Binet Intelligence Scale  
And the Fab Five Are . . .  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
18. Career Choices: So You Want to Be a What?
What Career Development Tests Do  
Let’s Get Started: The Strong Interest Inventory  
John Holland and The Self-Directed Search  
Some Major Caveats: Career Counseling 101  
Five Career Tests  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
PART V It’s Not Always as You Think: Issues in Tests and Measurement
 
19. Test Bias: Fair for Everyone?
The $64,000 Question: What Is Test Bias?  
Moving Toward Fair Tests: The Fairtest Movement  
Models of Test Bias  
Where It All Started: Test Score Differences Between Black and White American Children  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
20. The Law, Testing, and Ethics: No Child (Should Be) Left Behind and Other Very Interesting Stuff
No Child Left Behind: What It Is and How It Works  
The Education for All Handicapped Children Act and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act: What They Are and How They Work  
The Truth in Testing Law: High-Stakes Testing  
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: What It Is and How It Works  
Ethics and Assessment: 10 Things To Remember  
And More Stuff to Be Concerned About (No, Really)  
Summary  
Time to Practice  
Want to Know More?  
 
APPENDICES
 
Appendix A: Your Tests and Measurement Toolkit
 
Appendix B: The Guide to (Almost) Every Test in the Universe
 
Appendix C: Answer to Practice Questions
 
Appendix D: A (Very Brief) Review of the Official Standards for Psychological and Educational Testing
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site

Password-protected Instructor Resources include the following:

  • A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • The solutions manual includes complete answers to the practice problems in the text.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter.
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class activities that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content.  
Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • Multimedia links supplement key points within the text.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Selected full-text SAGE journal articles expand on concepts in the chapters. 

I have taught Test and Measurement before and I found it hard to engage my undergraduate students. This book provides fun and interesting examples that help motivate students, while also presenting clear and comprehensive material for learning.

Miss Maria Barrera
Facultad de Ciencias Politicas, National Autonomous Univ of Mexico
April 18, 2017

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Neil Joseph Salkind

Neil J. Salkind received his PhD in human development from the University of Maryland, and after teaching for 35 years at the University of Kansas, he was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education, where he collaborated with colleagues and work with students. His early interests were in the area of children’s cognitive development, and after research in the areas of cognitive style and (what was then known as) hyperactivity, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina’s Bush Center for Child and Family Policy. His work then changed direction to focus on child and family policy,... More About Author

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