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UI achievement test expert featured on PBS documentary June 24
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- H.D. Hoover, professor of education at the University
of Iowa, is featured as one of the country's leading experts on standardized
achievement tests in a nationally broadcast documentary airing on the Iowa
Public Television Network (IPTV) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24.
Hoover, director of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills program at the UI
College of Education, and five other experts discuss issues surrounding
educational testing in an hour-long installment of The Merrow Report called
"Testing ... Testing ... Testing."
Stations in the IPTV system carrying the program include KDIN-TV (channel
11) in Des Moines; KBIN-TV (ch. 32) in Council Bluffs; KTIN-TV (ch. 21)
in Fort Dodge; KIIN-TV (ch. 12) in Iowa City; KYIN-TV (ch. 24) in Mason
City; KHIN (ch. 36) in Red Oak; KSIN-TV (ch. 27) in Sioux City; and KRIN-TV
(ch. 32) in Waterloo.
The Merrow Report, hosted by John Merrow, is the Public Broadcasting
Service's premier documentary series on youth and learning. The quarterly
series has won awards from the Education Writers Association, the National
Association of Black Journalists and other education and journalism groups.
Formatted as a multiple-choice exam taken by the six experts, the documentary
explores the history, goals, policies and other educational and social
issues involving standardized testing of school children. More than 140
million standardized tests are taken by K-12 students each year in the
Testing, the program notes, was "transformed into a billion-dollar
industry" beginning in the 1950s, thanks largely to the work of the
late E.F. Lindquist. (Lindquist, UI professor of education and founder
of the Iowa Testing Programs, developed an optical scanning technology
that allowed tests to be scored quickly by machine.)
Hoover has directed the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills program, one of the
oldest and most widely used sets of standardized tests in the country,
since 1987. He has been writing, researching and developing standardized
achievement tests since joining the Iowa Testing Programs in 1964.
He also has served an officer or board member in several national and
state organizations for testing and measurement professionals.