2nd Edition

Measurement and Statistics for Teachers

By Malcolm L. Van Blerkom Copyright 2017
    306 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    306 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.



    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



    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