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Managing Low-Volume Examination Programs: Where Theory Meets Reality

March 15, 2017  | Published by  | 1 Comment

By Christine Depascale, MS, and Joy Matthews-López, PhD Low-volume examination programs face challenges that don’t necessarily apply to mid- to large-volume... View Article





Multiple Choice Items – Can You Guess for Success?

September 23, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

Co-authored by Joy Matthews-López and David Cox One of the most common criticisms of the standard multiple-choice (MC) item format... View Article





Translation vs. Test Adaptation: What’s the Difference?

April 14, 2016  | Published by  | 2 Comments

While translation is necessary and usually the main focus in a test adaptation/localization project, a perfect translation may not be... View Article





Test Adaptation: A Psychometric Perspective

April 14, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

The primary role of psychometrics in the adaptation/localization process is to provide evidence that target and source forms are equivalent... View Article





Validity, Test Security, and the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (AERA/APA/NCME)

March 10, 2016  | Published by  | 1 Comment

Simply put, validity refers to the degree to which evidence supports the inferences we make from test scores. Such inferences... View Article





What is a Test Security Plan?

January 20, 2016  | Published by  | Leave a comment

A test security plan is a comprehensive collection of policies, procedures, and documents that outline and guide actions related to test security. From the development of an exam’s blueprint to the reporting of scores, test security touches nearly every aspect of test development and the testing process. Trust is a prerequisite to interpreting scores, and without evidence to support the integrity and veracity of scores, trust is compromised. Without trust, credibility is compromised.





Test Security Flowcharts

December 9, 2015  | Published by  | Leave a comment

A test security flowchart is a visual protocol that is used to process anomalous (or aberrant) response vectors or incidents, and to do so in a consistent, controlled, unbiased way that contributes to the due diligence of assuring the integrity of resulting scores. By creating a flowchart for each recognized threat to a given program, anomalous or aberrant results can be processed consistently and fairly.





Test Security: A Look Behind the Scenes

October 14, 2015  | Published by  | Leave a comment

Joy Matthews-López, Ph.D. Please give a warm welcome to our newest contributor to From the Item Bank, Joy Matthews-López, Ph.D.,... View Article