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Preparing Students for College and Careers

Theory, Measurement, and Educational Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Katie Larsen McClarty, Krista D. Mattern, Matthew N. Gaertner

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Preparing Students for College and Careers addresses measurement and research issues related to college and career readiness. Educational reform efforts across the United States have increasingly taken aim at measuring and improving postsecondary readiness. These initiatives include developing new content standards, redesigning assessments and performance levels, legislating new developmental education policy for colleges and universities, and highlighting gaps between graduates’ skills and employers’ needs.

In this comprehensive book, scholarship from leading experts on each of these topics is collected for assessment professionals and for education researchers interested in this new area of focus. Cross-disciplinary chapters cover the current state of research, best practices, leading interventions, and a variety of measurement concepts, including construct definitions, assessments, performance levels, score interpretations, and test uses.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mitchell D. Chester

Acknowledgements

Introduction by Katie Larsen McClarty, Matthew N. Gaertner, & Krista D. Mattern

Section 1: Defining and Measuring College and Career Readiness

Chapter 1: The New Complexity of Readiness for College and Careers by David T. Conley

Chapter 2: Conceptualizing and Measuring Progress towards College and Career Readiness in Mathematics by William McCallum and James W. Pellegrino.

Chapter 3: More than a Test Score: Defining and Measuring Personal Qualities by Matthew N. Gaertner and Richard D. Roberts

Chapter 4: The Consistent Influence of General Cognitive Ability in College, Career, and Lifetime Achievement by Jonathan Wai, Frank C. Worrell, and Christopher F. Chabris

Section 2: Validating College- and Career-Readiness Performance Levels

Chapter 5: Building External Validity into the Process: Evidence-Based Readiness Standards by Katie Larsen McClarty, Susan Cooper Loomis, and Mary J. Pitoniak

Chapter 6: Empirically-Based College- and Career-Readiness Cut Scores and Performance Standards by Wayne J. Camara, Jeff M. Allen, and Joann L. Moore

Chapter 7: College Placement Strategies: Evolving Considerations and Practices by Elisabeth Barnett and Vikash Reddy

Chapter 8: Fairness Issues in the Assessment of College and Career Readiness by Rebecca Zwick

Chapter 9: Mixed Messages: When Different Assessments Yield Different Results by Krista D. Mattern and Matthew N. Gaertner

Section 3: Improving College and Career Readiness

Chapter 10: Early Intervention in College and Career Readiness: The GEAR UP Model and its Implications for 21st Century Education Policy by Chrissy Tillery and Brent Duckor

Chapter 11: Multiple Mathematics Pathways to College, Careers, and Beyond by Francesca Fraga Leahy and Carolyn Landel

Chapter 12: Supporting College and Career Readiness through Social Psychological Interventions by Kathryn M. Kroeper and Mary C. Murphy

Chapter 13: Changing the Assessment Relationship to Empower Teachers and Students by Margaret Heritage

Conclusion: Future Directions for College- and Career-Readiness Research: Where do we go from Here? By Krista D. Mattern, Matthew N. Gaertner, & Katie Larsen McClarty

List of Contributors

About the Editors

Katie Larsen McClarty is chief assessment officer at Questar Assessments. She oversees item and test development, publishing, psychometrics, and research. Her own research centers on assessment design, college readiness, standard setting, and gifted education.

Krista D. Mattern is a director of ACT’s Statistical and Applied Research Department. Her research focuses on evaluating the validity and fairness of both cognitive and noncognitive measures for predicting student success. She is also interested in higher education issues such as college choice, major selection, and college completion.

Matthew N. Gaertner is a principal research Scientist in SRI International’s Center for Education Policy. His research focuses on college and career readiness and the effects of educational policies and reforms on disadvantaged students’ access, persistence, and achievement.

About the Series

NCME APPLICATIONS OF EDUCATIONAL MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT

The NCME Applications of Educational Measurement and Assessment series includes edited volumes designed to inform research-based applications of educational measurement and assessment. Edited by leading experts, these books are comprehensive and practical resources on the latest developments in the field.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General
EDU009000
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDU011000
EDUCATION / Evaluation
EDU030000
EDUCATION / Testing & Measurement
EDU034000
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General
EDU037000
EDUCATION / Research
EDU058000
EDUCATION / Standards (incl. Common Core)