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2nd Edition

Measurement and Statistics for Teachers

ISBN 9781138206533
Published June 6, 2017 by Routledge
306 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Measurement and Statistics for Teachers deftly combines descriptive statistics and measurement in the classroom into a student-friendly, practical volume. Based on a course taught by the author for the past 25 years, this book offers to undergraduate education students a clear account of the basic issues in measurement and details best practices for administering performance assessments, interpreting test scores, and evaluating student writing. This second edition includes updated pedagogical features, timely discussions of student assessment, state standards (including NCLB), and an expanded focus that incorporates the needs of Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary teachers.

Table of Contents



Section I: Basic Issues of Measurement

Chapter 1: Introduction to Measurement
Chapter 2: Frames of Reference: Interpreting Test Scores
Chapter 3: Developing Objectives
Chapter 4: Reliability
Chapter 5: Validity

Section II: Classroom Testing

Chapter 7: Essay Items
Chapter 8: Multiple-Choice Items
Chapter 9: True-False Items (and Variations)

Chapter 10: Producing and Administering Tests
Chapter 11: Analyzing Tests

Section III: Alternative Assessment Techniques

Chapter 12: Informal Assessments
Chapter 13: Performance Assessments
Chapter 14: Portfolios

Section IV: Additional Measurement Issues

Chapter 15: Teaching Students Test-Taking Skills
Chapter 16: Standardized Tests
Chapter 17: Alternative Ways to Report Test Scores


Chapter 18: The Language and Logic of Statistics
Chapter 19: Frequency Distributions and Graphs
Chapter 20: Central Tendency: What is a Typical Score?
Chapter 21: Variability: How Spread Out Are the Scores?
Chapter 22: Correlation


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Malcolm L. Van Blerkom is Associate Professor of Educational Psychology and former Chairman of the Division of Education at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, USA.


Praise for the first edition:

"Contemporary students are certain to be among the most tested of any generation, something unlikely to change in the next few years. Consequently, Van Blerkom’s discussion of measurement and statistical concepts makes good sense . . . discussing a variety of formal and informal testing issues. They will be helpful to educators and the interested public."

--CHOICE, August 2009, Vol. 46 No. 11