Neil J. Salkind guides readers through the fundamentals of tests and measurement, using the conversational writing style and straightforward presentation techniques that have made his book Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics an international bestseller. He provides an overview of 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 second edition includes more opportunities to practice, as well as end-of-chapter Real World sections that apply the material to everyday concerns regarding the assessment of behavior.
Any book is always a work in progress, and this latest edition of Test and Measurements for People Who (Think They) Hate Test and Measurements is no exception. The original edition was published about six years ago and many people have told me how helpful this book is, and others have told me how they would like it to change and why. In revising this book, I am trying to meet the needs of all audiences. Some things remain the same, and some have indeed changed.
Probably the biggest change is that there are now more than 50% new end of chapter exercises and in some chapters even more. Kristen Teasdale, PhD was remarkably helpful in creating and checking these. Along with more questions, there are also new online references that the reader can use as a starting point to learn more about the topics discussed in the chapter.
And, at the end of each chapter, you'll find a "Real World" section that summarizes material about the chapter you just read through reviews of existing journal articles, sort of "ripped from the headlines", but not quite. These show the reader how scholarly work in the area of tests and measurements applied to everyday concerns that we all have regarding the assessment of behavior.
There's also a good deal of new material in chapter 20 that easily could have formed a chapter of its own, but I felt that it fit nicely with the last chapter which presents issues that all parties in the test and measurements world – students, teachers, parents, test designers, and others – need to consider as they do their daily chores. I think you will find the discussion informative, interesting and even provocative.