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

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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. 

Neil Salkind presents material in a cogent and skillful way for folks that are new to this material.

Dr Amanda Lynn Schlegel
School of Music, University Of South Carolina
May 3, 2019

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
Key features
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
  • A new chapter on item response theory provides insights on this alternative to classical test theory, keeping readers up to date on the latest in the field.
  • New coverage of neuropsychological testing in the chapter on personality tests, including its definition and uses.
  • A new appendix on the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing provides a brief but important review of these established standards.
  • Additional chapter-ending exercises give readers more opportunities to engage in concepts.
  • Free online resources for instructors and students make teaching and learning easier with tools that include a test bank, PowerPoint slides, eFlashcards, quizzes, access to SAGE journal articles, and more.

KEY FEATURES: 

  • Chapter-ending Real World sections summarize chapter material through reviews of existing journal articles to show readers how scholarly works are applied to everyday issues on the assessment of behavior.
  • Chapter-ending exercises allow readers to practice and assess their understanding of the material.
  • A chapter on the law, testing, and ethics covers topical issues that students, teachers, parents, test designers, and others need to consider carefully.

 


Sample Materials & Chapters

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