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Expert discusses issues in large-scale educational testing Oct. 1 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A nationally known expert on standardized testing will present the talk, "Social, Educational, and Legal Issues in Large-Scale Testing," at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at the University of Iowa College of Education.

William A. Mehrens, professor of measurement at Michigan State University, will present the fourth annual William E. Coffman Lecture in Jones Commons (N300) of the Lindquist Center.

Lectures in the series, sponsored by the Iowa Testing Programs and the Iowa Measurement Research Foundation of the UI College of Education, are free and open to the public.

Mehrens is a former president of the National Council on Measurement in Education and the Association for Measurement and Evaluation in Guidance (currently called the Association for Assessment in Counseling). He is an expert on legal issues in high-stakes testing, the issue of "teaching to the test," and performance assessment.

Robert Brennan, director of the Iowa Testing Programs and the E.F. Lindquist Professor of Educational Measurement, says Mehrens is national figure in educational measurement.

"William Mehrens is one of the most highly regarded measurement experts in the country," Brennan says. "As a scholar, and as a colleague in the field, he has provided exceptional insight into the discipline of educational measurement."

Mehrens is the author or co-author of several textbooks and many articles on educational measurement and related issues.

His honors include the NCME Award for Career Contributions to Educational Measurement, and selection as a fellow by the American Psychological Association.

As guest speaker, Mehrens also will participate in several discussion sessions with graduate students, the staff of the Iowa Testing Programs and the faculty of the UI College of Education.

William E. Coffman served on the faculty of the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations of Education from 1969 to 1981. During that time, he was director of the Iowa Testing Programs as well as the first E.F. Lindquist Professor of Educational Measurement.

While at UI, Coffman was recognized for his writings on the reliability and validity of essay examinations as measurements of educational achievement. Coffman died Jan. 12, 1998.

The Coffman Lecture Series is administered by the Iowa Testing Programs and the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations of Education.

9/22/98